Comedian, actor, singer, director, and philanthropist Jerry Lewis died on Sunday morning, TMZ reports.
He fronted more than 50 movies and directed some of our favorite comedies including The Nutty Professor, The Bellboy, and Rock-A-bye baby. He became the highest-paid person ever to star in a Broadway show at the time, at a reported $40,000 a week.
Jerry was also the host of the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon on Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010.
He was a prominent activist for Muscular Dystrophy patients and from that show, he made raised over £1.95billion to support the cause
Review Journal reporter John Katsilometes says Lewis died peacefully from natural causes at his home in Vegas at home with his family.
— Jerry Lewis (@RealJerryLewis) March 7, 2016
Jerry Lewis has 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame one for TV and another for film. The news of Jerry’s death came in after another Hollywood icon, Dick Gregory was also declared dead.
A lot of celebrities have shared their condolences on Twitter, read some of them below.
It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis! He’ll keep’em laffin in the ever after!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was a genius comedian, actor, director, inventor, humanitarian and, as a Las Vegan, what I miss most..https://t.co/R0uLkPOwyU
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful…
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was a comic and philanthropic icon. I send love to his family today.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis passed today,millions around the world loved him,millions of kids he helped w/his telethons. R.I.P. &condolences 2 his family
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 20, 2017
— marlon wayans (@MarlonWayans) August 20, 2017
Rest In Peace, Jerry Lewis. I loved your movies as much as France did. The Nutty Professor and Cinderfella will always be classics to me.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 20, 2017
We will miss Jerry so much. I can’t believe I got to meet him and spend time with him. pic.twitter.com/wpHtjuWwmp
— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) August 20, 2017