The news became viral shortly after and several actors and celebrities expressed their condolences to his bereaved family.
Patti Smith was one of those who paid tribute to the Pulitzer winner. On The New Yorker, Patti paid a heart touching tribute to the actor recalling the old memories with him. She entitled the tribute as " My Buddy", where she wrote:
We were friends; good or bad, we were just ourselves. The passing of time did nothing but strengthen that.
Patti had previously mentioned the details of her meeting with Sam Shepard in her Memoir Just Kids published in 2010.
Shepard, who wrote around 50 plays was also admired by playwright Robert Heide. Heide knew Shepard for 5o years. Matthew Warchus, a director of 2000 play True West described the talent of Shepard and said:
There were many surprising things about Sam. He looked so rugged, but he had a beautiful, high-pitched voice. And when he read his plays out loud for me, he was especially good in the female roles. The language was vivid and beautiful.
Richard Gere Recall who acted with Shepard in Killer’s Head and Days of Heaven praised his co-actor and said:
He wrote like an actor. He wrote monologues. He wrote the way people think and talk, on the same track.
Moreover, Jim Mickle the director of Cold in July paid tribute to the late Shepard recalling the memo with him during the filming of the play. Previously, he tweeted a photo of Shepard, just after the death news of the actor came out.
Some other tweets:
Sam Shapard sudden death has made his fans in sorrow but his diligent work and memories will be always in our heart. May his soul rest in peace.