In December 1995, when he was 99 Years old, George Burns attended a Christmas party hosted by Frank Sinatra (who turned 80 that month), where he reportedly caught the flu. When Burns was 96 years old, he had signed a lifetime contract with Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to perform his act there, which included the guarantee of a show on his 100th birthday, January 20, 1996. When that day actually came however, he was too weak to deliver the planned performance. He released a statement joking how he would love for his 100th birthday: “To have a night with Sharon Stone“. On March 9, 1996, 49 days after his 100th birthday, Burns took that final curtain call. His heart gave out at his Beverly Hills home.
As much as he looked forward to reaching 100, Burns also stated, about a year before he died, that he also looked forward to death, saying that on the day he would die, he would be with his wife and showbiz partner, Gracie Allen, again in Heaven. Upon being interred with Gracie, the crypt’s marker was changed from, “Grace Allen Burns-Beloved Wife And Mother (1902–1964)” to “Gracie Allen (1902–1964) & George Burns (1896–1996)-Together Again”. George had said that he wanted Gracie to have top billing.