The choreographer credited with revolutionizing dance, Merce Cunningham died in his sleep on Sunday evening.

According to, the American choreographer and dancer died at age 90.

Cunningham, whose long-time partner was the late composer John Cage, died peacefully at home on Sunday of natural causes, the Cunningham Dance Foundation and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company said in a statement.

In his final years he became almost routinely hailed as the world’s greatest choreographer, a New York Times obituary said.

His choreography showed that dance was principally about itself, not music, while often suggesting that it could also be about many other things as well.

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