Hollywood director John Hughes dies at age 59

He helped launch careers of Psychedelic Furs, Simple Minds

Hollywood director John Hughes dies at age 59
Hollywood director John Hughes, whose films prominently featured the music of several British alternative rock bands in the '80s, died in New York today (August 6) at the age of 59.

Hughes reportedly died of a heart attack while taking a morning stroll in New York.

The esteemed director wrote and directed several pivotal coming-of-age films that were extremely popular in the 1980s, including 'The Breakfast Club' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', '16 Candles' and 'Pretty In Pink'.

He is credited with helping launch the careers of bands including The Psychedelic Furs, who performed 'Pretty In Pink''s popular title track, plus Simple Minds, whose song 'Don't You Forget About Me' hit Number One on the US Billboard chart after appearing in 'The Breakfast Club' in 1984.

The Smiths, New Order, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Jesus And Mary Chain and David Bowie were also featured on Hughes' soundtracks.

The Michigan native also wrote and produced the highly successful 'Home Alone' film series starring Macaulay Culkin.

He was a private figure who receded from the spotlight in recent years. His last directing credit was for 'Curly Sue' in 1991.

Blog - The best musical moments from John Hughes' movies

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