Rudolf Nureyev dies

January 07, 1993

Rudolf Nureyev, one of the most charismatic ballet stars of the 20th century, and an artist who was often called the greatest male dancer since Vaslav Nijinsky, died yesterday in Paris. He was 54 and reportedly had been suffering from AIDS. A Kirov troupe dancer who had fallen out of favor with the Soviet bureaucracy, Mr. Nureyev defected to the West in 1961. He went on to become a legend, with a riveting stage presence that mesmerized audiences and attracted millions of new fans to ballet. Frail and pallid, he made an emotional farewell appearance as choreographer in Paris in October.

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