Jerry Lewis, legendary entertainer and humanitarian, is dead at 91

Jerry and Dean Martin during their early days. Source Getty

Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis has died, ET can confirm.

Another tweet from Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter John Katsilometes says Lewis died peacefully from natural causes at his home in Vegas. attributing a statement from his family.

Inside the comedy world, Lewis was revered as a genius. He would go on to appear in dozens of films, entertaining audiences with a uniquely zany brand of humor.

Comedian, actor, singer, author, philanthropist, and filmmaker Jerry Lewis passed away at age 91 on August 20.

He started performing on stage at the age of five alongside his parents. Barely out of his teens, the actor performed in a nightclub act where the relaxed and the mellow crooner Dean Martin, mixed well with the hyperactive antics of Lewis.

Jerry with longtime fan Jim Carrey. Source Getty
Jerry with longtime fan Jim Carrey. Source Getty

ET spoke to Lewis in 2013 about his movie Max Rose, when he reflected on his legacy. Observers have attributed their breakup to Lewis' interest in producing and directing movies, his ego and need for control, as well as a desire for approval from the often-remote Martin.

Since Martin died, "not a day has passed that Jerry did not think of Dean", Cazau told Reuters. "They fought openly on film sets and privately behind the scenes", film critic Shawn Levy wrote for the Guardian in 2005. Yet, the duo went separate ways after a farewell performance at the Copacabana in 1956, as Lewis's growing artistic aspirations strained their relationship.

Lewis was best known for classic films like The Nutty Professor and The Bellboy, though he also made appearances in modern shows like Law & Order and The Simpsons.

"Jerry Lewis passes today". A Los Angeles Times article from 2011, the year after Lewis last hosted the event, reported that Lewis's telethons had helped raise more than $2.5 billion for research into the disease. He sang, he acted, he made people laugh - frequently from the comfort of a long-running Las Vegas residency.

The actor, singer, director and philanthropist, who began his career in the 1940s, is being remembered for his ideal comedic timing as well as his big heart, which saw him raise more than $2.6 billion for muscular dystrophy research with his annual Labor Day weekend telethons.

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