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Jerry Lewis Will Be Remembered For His Comedic And Humanitarian Legacies

Jerry Lewis Will Be Remembered For His Comedic And Humanitarian Legacies

Jerry Lewis Will Be Remembered For His Comedic And Humanitarian Legacies

A family statement said he died of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.

"NOBODY could match his on-screen hilarity!" Such was their popularity as a two-man team that they even landed in a comic book series: DC's The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, with 40 issues released between 1952 and 1957.

Touched by Lewis' legacy, celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis, William Shatner and Russell Simmons took to social media to extend their appreciation.

Whoopi Goldberg added, referencing the recent death of fellow comedian Dick Gregory: "I realise I may be late with all this but all know is, losing Dick Gregory & Jerry Lewis is a gain 4 heaven, but big loss for comedy".

"I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful..." What an incredible talent and philanthropist.

Making life better for his "Jerry's Kids" was his life-long passion, and the telethons were true marathons, with the host ad-libbing with special guests from hour to hour.

Lewis' career began at the age of five in his parents' vaudeville act.

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He was just 20 when his pairing with Dean Martin made them stars and he went on to make films such as The Bellboy and The Nutty Professor.

His annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon, which continued from 1966 until 2010, raising about $2.5 billion for treatment.

Yet while noting that he "wasn't always in favor with American critics", Nyssen said the French cinema world "paid him the homage he deserved". He meant the world to me and I will forever cherish the time I got to spend with him and his family.

"Bad week for classic comedy: first Dick Gregory passes now Jerry Lewis dies", wrote director Kevin Smith.

His body of artistic work was copious and included live performances, Broadway performances as well as numerous movies - many of which carried off his slapstick with what many criticized as rather insipid comedic performances. A movie star. An activist. An activist. A one of a kind.

That nation's sense of humour "took France through all those hard years, and will take it through hard times now because the French are not afraid to laugh", Lewis observed.

"Dear Jerry, Dad will be as happy to see you as I'm sad to see you go".

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