Comedian Jerry Lewis dies age 91

Comedian, director and slapstick legend Jerry Lewis has passed away aged 91 surrounded by his family in Las Vegas.

His publicist, Candi Canzau, confirmed Lewis died of natural causes.

He first rose to fame in the early 1950s when he starred in a frenzied comedy-and-music act with Dean Martin.


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After his famous split with Martin in 1956, Lewis moved to starring and directing in a slew of films.

Later generations would know Lewis as the tireless conductor of the American Labor Day weekend telethons, which raised funds for victims of muscular dystrophy.

His death has been met with great sadness from Hollywood.

 

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