Rudolf Nureyev’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Mar 17, 1938

Death Date

December 6, 1993

Age of Death

55 years

Cause of Death




The dancer Rudolf Nureyev died at the age of 55. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Ballet and modern dance superstar who defected from the U.S.S.R. in 1961. He performed with The Royal Ballet and The Paris Opera Ballet and served as director and chief choreographer of the latter company.

He had romantic relationships with both men and women and was the longtime partner of fellow dancer Erik Bruhn. Tragically, Nureyev died of AIDS in the early 1990s.



“The main thing is dancing, and before it withers away from my body, I will keep dancing till the last moment, the last drop.” (Rudolf Nureyev)


“For me, purity of movement wasn’t enough. I needed expression, more intensity, more mind.” (Rudolf Nureyev)


“Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.” (Rudolf Nureyev)


“Of course I have a personal life.” (Rudolf Nureyev)


“I don’t care if Margot is a Dame of the British Empire or older than myself. For me she represents eternal youth; there is an absolute musical quality in her beautiful body and phrasing. Because we are sincere and gifted, an intense abstract love is born between us every time we dance together.” (Rudolf Nureyev)