Statement: “Legendary entertainer #Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home w/ family by his side.”
— John Katsilometes (@johnnykats) August 20, 2017
RIP Jerry Lewis.
We loved all your old movies with Dean Martin.
This is truly an end to an era.
Jerry Lewis, the rubber-faced, squeaky-voiced comedy legend who starred in movies and musicals and also was known for his unflagging work on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died on Sunday, his publicist confirmed. He was 91 years old.
Lewis’ publicist confirmed the news to The Associated Press. The Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes first reported Lewis’ death.
Lewis “passed peacefully at home this morning of natural causes at the age of 91 with his loving family by his side,” manager Mark Rozzano said.
Lewis had gone through a series of health problems and scares in recent years. In June 2012 he was hospitalized for two nights in New York after collapsing with what was reported to be a low blood sugar problem.
He was forced to cancel a fund-raising show in Australia due to poor health in June 2011.
Lewis had been touring Australia to raise money for the country’s Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, which is separate from the American association, where he served as president.
He announced in 2011 he was retiring as host of the association’s Labor Day Telethon, which he began hosting in 1966.
In recent years, Lewis also suffered from a back condition linked to a comedic pratfall from a piano, as well as heart problems. He reportedly had at least two heart attacks.
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