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Veteran Entertainer and Philanthropist Jerry Lewis dies at 91



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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 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.


  1. Asake

    August 21, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Dear BN team,
    Please always put in some extra work to research. It would be helpful to your reads if uncommon terms or phrases are research and included in your post. Readers will not have to rely on Google cause you post will be complete. What is Muscular Dystrophy?

    • Asake

      August 21, 2017 at 8:45 am



    August 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

    May his soul rest in peace!

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