SANTA FE – Sam Shepard, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, author and Oscar-nominated actor with deep connections to Santa Fe, died Thursday in Kentucky at the age of 73.
Shepard lived in the City Different on and off for decades and in recent years was associated with the renowned Santa Fe Institute, a multidisciplinary research center that focuses on science but includes artists as well
Family spokesman Chris Boneau said Shepard died Thursday from complications related to Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Shepard, who grew up on a California ranch, produced 44 plays and numerous books, memoirs and short stories. He was one most influential playwrights of his generation, as a plain-spoken poet of the modern American West.