Iconic entertainer Jerry Lewis dies at 91

Slapstick comic Jerry Lewis has died at the age of 91

Slapstick comic Jerry Lewis has died at the age of 91

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis died Sunday.

Lewis, who teamed up with Dean Martin in the 1950s, and later starred in "The Nutty Professor" and "The Bellboy", died of natural causes at his Las Vegas home on Sunday, his publicist, Candi Cazau, said in a statement. As recently as June 2017, he was hospitalized for a urinary tract infection.

Close friends visited Lewis and said he developed other complications after being admitted. The cause of death is still unknown. He became addicted to painkillers and struggled with the habit for more than a decade.

In the documentary Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, the comedian revealed that he suffered a heart attack in 1960 and then suffered another one in 1982.

Lewis was born in New Jersey and originally came into the spotlight as part of a double act with singer Dean Martin. He underwent a procedure and had stents placed into one of his arteries, which was nearly 100 percent blocked.

Lewis was more than an actor, he was also a humanitarian.

Later generations knew him primarily as the tireless conductor of the Labor Day weekend telethons to raise funds for victims of muscular dystrophy.

It was later broadcast for the first time in 1966, with Jerry Lewis as the host, and has since raised millions of dollars for muscular dystrophy research and treatment.

Some celebrities posted on Twitter about the comedian's passing.

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