Writer, producer and director John Hughes has passed away at the age of 59 after suffering a heart attack.
The Home Alone creator was on a morning stroll in New York when he collapsed. He was in Manhattan to visit family.
Before making Home Alone - which was named the top grossing film of 1990 - John also directed a number of successful coming-of-age flicks throughout the Eighties, including The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink
After his last film, 1991 comedy Curly Sue, John turned his back on Hollywood to run a farm in Illinois.
The director is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy, two sons, John and James, and four grandchildren.
"I was a fan of both his work and a fan of him as a person," says Macaulay Culkin, who shot to fame with John's Home Alone films.
"The world has lost not only a quintessential filmmaker whose influence will be felt for generations, but a great and decent man."