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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gene Kelly Dies at 8

LOS ANGELES () -- Gene Kelly, dancer and choreographer who brought his athletic grace and Irish charm to "Singin' in the Rain,'' "On the Town'' and other great movie musicals of the 1940s and '50s, died Friday, his publicist said. He was 83.

"Gene died peacefully in his sleep this morning, his wife, Patricia, at his bedside,'' Warren Cowan, his longtime publicist, told KCBS-TV. He had suffered strokes in 1994 and 1995, and Cowan said he never really recovered.

His most memorable dance was the title number of "Singin' in the Rain,'' in which he splashed joyously through puddles on a near-deserted street. Kelly's acrobatic dance style contrasted with the more elegant style of Fred Astaire, who began his film career a decade earlier.