In the last ten years he stepped back from the film industry somewhat to enjoy time with his family, including his wife of 39 years, Nancy, and their two sons John and James.
Hughes lived on farm in northern Illinois, and was in Manhattan on vacation when he collapsed suddenly.
Celebrity tributes have been pouring in on Twitter:
petewentz RIP John Hughes – You had such a huge influence on my life.
JohnLarroquetteLife is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one. – Vladimir Nabokov R.I.P. Mr. Hughes.
TheMandyMoore RIP john hughes. RIP. so, so sad……..
michellebranch So sad about John Hughes. R.I.P.
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