American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter and director Sam Shepard died last week, aged 73. Samuel Shepard Rogers III was born on November 5, 1943, in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He died on July 27, in Midway, Kentucky. He was the author of 44 plays as well as several books of short stories, essays and memoirs. New York magazine described him as "the greatest American playwright of his generation".
Shepard died of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. This November 1939 image shows Gehrig with his wife Eleanor.