Eugene D. O'Kelly, 53, former chairman and chief executive of KPMG, died Sept. 10 at his New York City home at the age of 53.O'Kelly remained a senior partner at KPMG after disclosing a diagnosis of advanced-stage cancer in June and stepping out of his leadership role at KPMG, which he had helmed since 2002.

"In his final message to all of us at KPMG, Gene shared that leaving his chief executive post was unquestionably one of the most difficult career decisions of his life, but he said that he was also driven to make a choice that was fair both to his family as well as the firm," said KPMG chairman and chief executive officer Timothy P. Flynn, who succeeded O'Kelly, in a statement.

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