Acclaimed author JOSEPH HAYES has died of complications related to Alzheimer's disease. He was 88. The DESPERATE HOURS writer, who transformed the 1954 novel into a Tony Award winning play and Hollywood movie, passed away at a nursing home in St Augustine, Florida on 11 September (06), his son Daniel has said. Born in Indianapolis in 1918 and a graduate of Indiana University, Hayes went on to write for New York television and radio before his first success with the 1949 Broadway play LEAF AND BOUGH. The Broadway adaptation of The Desperate Hours, about a suburban Illinois family taken hostage by three escaped convicts, won the 1955 Tony Award for best play. In the same year (55) the first version of the movie, starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March, was produced. The movie was remade in 1990 with SIR Anthony Hopkins and MICKEY ROURKE.