NEW YORK A spokesman for John Hughes says the director of 1980s coming-of-age films like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club has died in Manhattan.
Michelle Bega says the 59-year-old Mr. Hughes died of a heart attack during a morning walk. He was in Manhattan to visit family.
He made a teen star of Molly Ringwald with 1984 s Sixteen Candles about a girl s nightmarish birthday on the eve of her sister s wedding.
Ms. Ringwald also starred in The Breakfast Club, about a group of high school misfits during Saturday detention, and Pretty in Pink.
Mr. Hughes also directed Ferris Bueller s Day Off and wrote Home Alone. He lived in Illinois and set many of his films in the Chicago area.