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    Publicist: Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host, dies at 91

    Publicist: Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host, dies @ 91
    8/21/2017

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    Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.
    Publicist Candi Cazau says Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side.
    Tributes from friends, co-stars and disciples poured in immediately.
    "That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute!" Jim Carrey wrote Sunday on Twitter. "I am because he was!"
    Comedian Dane Cook considered Lewis to be a mentor.
    "The world has lost a true innovator & icon," Cook wrote.
    Lewis' career spanned the history of show business in the 20th century, beginning in his parents' vaudeville act at the age of 5. He was just 20 when his pairing with Martin made them international stars. He went on to make such favorites as "The Bellboy" and "The Nutty Professor," was featured in Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy" and appeared as himself in Billy Crystal's "Mr. Saturday Night."

    Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years. Even at 91, he didn't miss a beat. Or a punchline," Lewis' "The King of Comedy" co-star Robert De Niro said in a statement.
    In the 1990s, he scored a stage comeback as the devil in the Broadway revival of "Damn Yankees."
    In his 80s, he was still traveling the world, working on a stage version of "The Nutty Professor." He was so active he would sometimes forget the basics, like eating, his associates would recall. In 2012, Lewis missed an awards ceremony thrown by his beloved Friars Club because his blood sugar dropped from lack of food and he had to spend the night in the hospital.

    A major influence on Carrey and other slapstick performers, Lewis also was known as the ringmaster of the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association, joking and reminiscing and introducing guests, sharing stories about ailing kids and concluding with his personal anthem, the ballad "You'll Never Walk Alone." From the 1960s onward, the telethons raised some $1.5 billion, including more than $60 million in 2009. He announced in 2011 that he would step down as host, but would remain chairman of the association he joined some 60 years ago.

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    Jerry Lewis famous for his Labor Day Telethons has died!!


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    Wow, I was just posting this over at The Kitchen while you started this thread.
    Thank you Sunny.

    I'll go back and delete mine...it didn't have any info, just the basic from this morning.

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    Coroner: Jerry Lewis death was from end-stage heart disease
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    Authorities in Las Vegas say Jerry Lewis died of heart disease, but the wording of his death certificate differs from what was reported earlier.
    Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Monday that Lewis' official cause of death was end-stage cardiac disease and peripheral vascular disease.
    Lewis was the clownish comic hailed as an artistic genius and the host for decades of annual muscular dystrophy telethons.
    He died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas at age 91.
    Fudenberg says coroner deputies had been told Lewis died of ischemic (ih-SKEE'-mihk) cardiomyopathy.
    Ferozan Malal is the hospice and palliative medicine physician in Las Vegas who signed Lewis' death certificate.
    She tells The Associated Press that peripheral vascular disease and ischemic cardiomyopathy both fall under the category of end-stage cardiac disease.

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