'West Side Story's Kert dies

June 07, 1991|By New York Times

NEW YORK -- Larry Kert, the singer and actor who soared to fame in 1957 as the young leader of the Jets gang in "West Side Story," died Wednesday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 60.

He died of AIDS, a family spokesman said.

Kert, with his big, resonant tenor, captivated "West Side Story" audiences for three years with such compelling songs as "Tonight," "Maria" and "Something's Coming."

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