John Hughes left an indelible mark on the childhood of most people who grew up in the 1980s. It was impossible to get through most days without hearing a quote from one of his movies, and chances are you can remember watching at least one of these with your friends: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, She's Having A Baby, and those are just some of the movies he directed -- he wrote and produced many more.

His words, characters, and song selections all made up the soundtracks of so many of our lives, and he passed away earlier today at the age of 59, according to TMZ. Cause of death appears to be a sudden heart attack while visiting his family in New York City. We're sure cable channels will be scrambling to toss together some Hughes marathons this weekend, and though his time as a director might have been over for some time, the impression he left on audiences and filmmakers will hopefully never be forgotten.

Now to go pull out my Ferris Bueller's Day Off DVD and reminisce about 1986.