Legendary actor and playwright Sam Shepard passed away at his home in Kentucky on Thursday, The New York Times reports. Chris Boneau, a spokesperson for Sam's family, told CNN that the 73-year-old died of complications from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and that his loved ones "request privacy at this difficult time." Sam was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in 1983's The Right Stuff and was also known for his roles in films like The Notebook and Black Hawk Down. He is survived by his three children: Jesse, 47, from his marriage to O-Lan Jones, as well as Hannah, 31, and Samuel, 30, from his longtime relationship with Jessica Lange. The two separated in 2009.