Jerry Lewis passes away from heart failure, Clark County Nevada Coroner confirms

Lewis starred in more than 45 films over the course of his five-decade long career

Lewis starred in more than 45 films over the course of his five-decade long career

Jerry Lewis, whose irrepressible zaniness and frantic creativity vaulted him to stardom as a comic movie star who wielded unparalleled green-light power at Paramount in the 1960s, died Sunday. His publicist Candi Cazau confirmed his death.

Extremely popular throughout Europe, especially in France, Lewis won "best director" awards eight times in Europe, including three in France and one each in Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

Jerry Lewis died of heart disease, authorities in Las Vegas said, but the wording of his death certificate differed from what was reported earlier, The Associated Press reported.

Lewis raised some $2.45bn for combatting Muscular Dystrophy
Lewis raised some $2.45bn for combatting Muscular Dystrophy

He then added Lewis' family's official statement which read, "Legendary entertainer [Jerry Lewis] passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home w/ family by his side". His final film was the 2016 drama film, Max Rose. Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian starred in the hits like ' The Bell Boy, ' "Cinderfella" and "The Nutty Professor'".

He used his worldwide fame to raise awareness of the degenerative disease and more than $2 billion to fight it, most notably through The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, which he hosted from 1966 to 2010.

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