Gene Kelly Dies

Kelly died in his sleep at 8.15 a.m. on February 2, 1996, in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 83, after a stroke – he had also suffered a stroke the year before.

His body was cremated the same day and he had left instructions that there was to be no funeral and no memorial services. Kelly's papers are currently housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 comedy musical film starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds and directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, with Kelly also providing the choreography. It offers a comic depiction of Hollywood, and its transition from silent films to "talkies."

Although it was a big hit when first released, it was not accorded its legendary status by contemporary critics. It is now frequently described as one of the best musicals ever made, topping the AFI's 100 Years of Musicals list, and ranking fifth in its updated list of the greatest American films in 2007.