There is no other filmmaker that captured the 1980′s in all their angsty, crazy-clothed, honest glory like John Hughes, and we are devastated to report that he died today at age 59. Hughes suffered a heart attack in New York City while visiting family, TMZ reports.
Hughes shaped our childhood in a big way – we grew up on his films and aspired to be in them (we so wanted to be able to rock Sloan Peterson’s shorts-and-boots combo, and every girl has her own personal version of Jake Ryan, doesn’t she?). We’d venture to guess that if you ask anyone born after 1975 what their favorite movie is, a huge number of them would would name The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, all of which Hughes wrote and directed. While he was primarily a writer later in his career, it’s the teen films from the ’80s that will live on forever.
Details are scarce at this point, but we’ll update you as news develops. If anyone feels like they can’t handle school tomorrow on account of this sad news, taking the day off is encouraged. We’ve included instructions on how to fake an illness for just such an occasion above, with the help of Ferris Bueller, natch.