TMZ is reporting that John Hughes, the writer and director behind such 80s landmarks as "Sixteen Candles" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," has died of an apparent heart attack.  Hughes was 59-years-old.

The filmmaker made a name for himself with a more realistic approach to teen comedies with 1984's "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club" a year later.  He also directed "Weird Science" and "Ferris Bueller's" before venturing into more adult themed comedies such as "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and the underrated "She's Having A Baby." 

Hughes last directorial effort was 1991's "Curley Sue," but he continued to have success as a producer with the "Home Alone" franchise, "Flubber" and "101 Dalmations."

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