Rock ‘n’ Roll Icon Dies at 87


Jerry Lee Lewis.
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Rock ’n’ roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis has died at age 87.

The “Nice Balls of Fireplace” singer’s loss of life was confirmed by his reps at 117 Leisure Group on Friday, October 28. In a prolonged tribute to the legendary artist — nicknamed “The Killer” — Jerry’s workforce famous that his spouse, Judith Coghlan Lewis, mentioned that he was “prepared to go away.”

Information of the “Complete Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” artist’s passing comes two days after TMZ erroneously reported that he had died. The article was subsequently taken down. “He’s alive,” the singer’s rep advised Us Weekly on the time.

The Memphis resident, who had been coping with well being points previous to his loss of life, was inducted into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame on October 16 however was unable to attend the ceremony after coming down with the flu.

“Expensive buddies and followers in Nashville, It’s with heartfelt disappointment and disappointment that I write to you right this moment from my sick mattress, somewhat than be capable to share my ideas in particular person,” Jerry wrote through Fb on the time. “I attempted every little thing I might to construct up the power to come back right this moment — I’ve regarded so ahead to it since I discovered about it earlier this 12 months. My sincerest apologies to all of you for lacking this nice occasion, however I hope to see you all quickly.”

Per the obituary penned by his workforce, the “Child Child Bye Bye” singer “suffered by way of the final years of his life from varied diseases and accidents that, his physicians have usually mentioned, ought to have taken him a long time in the past; he had abused his physique so totally as a younger man he was given little probability of lasting by way of center age, not to mention outdated age.”

The artist was thought of a pioneer in rock music, developing alongside such greats as Elvis Presley, Johnny Money, Chuck Berry and extra. He acquired a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2005 and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Rock n’ Roll Corridor of Fame, together with his profession successes being celebrated for many years.

Jerry was married seven occasions — as soon as to an underage cousin, 117 Group’s obituary famous — and misplaced two sons earlier than he handed away.

“Jerry Lee Lewis is survived by his spouse, Judith Coghlan Lewis, his youngsters Jerry Lee Lewis III, Ronnie Lewis, Pheobe Lewis and Lori Lancaster, sister Linda Gail Lewis, cousin Jimmy Swaggart and lots of grandchildren, nieces and nephews,” the tribute said. “He was preceded in loss of life by his mother and father Elmo and Mamie Lewis, sons Steve Allen Lewis and Jerry Lee Lewis Jr., his siblings Elmo Lewis Jr. and Frankie Jean Lewis and his cousin Mickey Gilley.”

Followers are inspired to ship donations within the rocker’s honor to the Arthritis Basis or MusiCares.