He also wrote music for pianos that had been “prepared” by having screws and nails placed in them. He was gay. His life partner from 1943 until his death was choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). Cage died of a stroke in New York City.
Composer John Cage dies of a stroke at age 79 in Manhattan, New York.
he is most known for his performance piece 4:33