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- Posted on Aug 7th 2009 7:00AM by Stephen Dowling
Hughes wrote and directed a string of coming-of-age movies which helped define American cinema of the 1980s, including 'The Breakfast Club,' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' and 'Pretty in Pink.'
His films often featured songs by UK bands. The Psychedelic Furs achieved their breakthrough when the song 'Pretty in Pink' was used in Hughes' film of the same name in 1986, and Simple Minds saw their song 'Don't You Forget About Me' climb to number one in the US charts after it featured in 1985's 'The Breakfast Club.'
Songs by the Smiths, New Order, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Echo and the Bunnymen also appeared on Hughes' film soundtracks.The director died after a heart attack in New York while visiting relatives, his spokeswoman said.
Born in 1950 in Michigan, the setting of many of his films, Hughes was a journalist and advertising copywriter before becoming a scriptwriter.
After a string of hit films which peaked with 1990's 'Home Alone', Hughes retreated from Hollywood and lived in seclusion in Illinois as a farmer.
He is survived by his wife and two sons and four grandchildren.