One of the greatest comedians of our time, Jerry Lewis is dead. One of the most admired comedians of the twentieth century, Jerry Lewis died peacefully in the presence of his wife and children. He was 91.
Jerry Lewis cause of death is said to be natural, though the actor was not keeping well for quite sometimes. There is no denying that he is one of the actors and comedians who will be known for longest stints in the industry. He retired from his acting assignments only last year, at a rather ‘young’ age of 90.
The news of Jerry Lewis death was first broken by Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes. Later, the actor’s manager Mark Rozzano said that Lewis “passed peacefully at home this morning of natural causes at the age of 91 with his loving family by his side”.
It is known to his admirers and the media that he was admitted in a hospital earlier this summer and that he has suffered from one health issue after the other in the last couple of years. Some five years ago too, there was scare in his family when he collapsed in New York due to very low blood sugar level. He had to spend at least two days in a hospital in New York.
It is no secret that merely a couple of months ago, earlier this year, in June, the actor had to spend quite some time in a hospital and was treated with antibotics for a urinary tract injection. Further complications forced his doctors to keep him in the hospital for many more days.
Besides being a great comedian, he was also a known philanthropist. Lewis served as the national chairman and spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association until 2011, and his Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon has raised over $2.6 billion in over half a century. The actor and comedian has appeared in numerous films including, The Caddy, The Nutty Professor and Max Rose.
Muscular Dystrophy Association immensely benefitted from his personal generosity and his dedication towards the cause. MDA Chairman of the Board R. Rodney Howell, M.D in a message said, “The Muscular Dystrophy Association is deeply saddened by the death of beloved comedian, performer, humanitarian and former MDA Telethon star and national chairman Jerry Lewis…MDA would not be the organization it is today if it were not for Jerry’s tireless efforts on behalf of ‘his kids.’ His enthusiasm for finding cures for neuromuscular disease was matched only by his unyielding commitment to see the fight through to the end. Jerry’s efforts on the annual MDA Telethon transformed the broadcast into an American tradition each Labor Day weekend for 45 years”.
Howell went on to add, “MDA and the families we serve will always be grateful for the thousands of hours he dedicated through the telethon, which provided MDA with a platform to honor and acknowledge our longtime corporate partners and educate the American public who generously donated millions of dollars for unparalleled research and services…Jerry’s love, passion and brilliance are woven throughout this organization, which he helped build from the ground up”.
Michelle Shear Kerner while writing on Muscular Dystrophy Association page says, “Rest in Peace Jerry Lewis. Heaven is going to be a Funnier Place now. Thank you for everything you have done for us who battle one of the Muscular Dystrophies”.
Michael Quigley While praising Jerry says, “My friend Keith suffers from MD and we would like to Thank Jerry, his cast and crew for all the hard work he has done to find a cure for this disease. We and millions of people around the world can’t Thank you enough. Condolences to your family and friends. We will never walk alone knowing you led us through so many storms. Rest in Paradise Jerry Lewis”.