In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

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Sam Sheperd

Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, died following complications from ALS at his home in Kentucky on July 30th. He was 73.

"I wouldn't call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everybody has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of humor," Jessica Lange, Shepard's partner for nearly 30 years, told AARP earlier that month. Lange and Shepard had two children together.

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