Jerry Lewis, best known for his comedic genius throughout several decades, passed away Sunday morning at 91-years-old.
According to his publicist Candi Cazau, he died from natural causes in his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes tweeted the news Sunday afternoon:
Lewis, who, per CNN, first landed in the limelight in the mid 1950s after pairing with Dean Martin for a “comedy and music” act, made his way into Americans’ hearts everywhere through films like “The Nutty Professor,” “The Patsy,” “The King of Comedy,” and “My Friend Irma.”
He also notably raised money and awareness for muscular dystrophy through an annual telethon, “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon,” since 1956 — raising a total of nearly $2.5 billion throughout the years. He served as the fundraiser’s host until 2011.
In fact, he was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his work, and was later awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2009 Oscars.
With the loss of such an icon, people have already begun mourning the comic’s tragic death:
Jerry Lewis was a genius comedian, actor, director, inventor, humanitarian and, as a Las Vegan, what I miss most..https://t.co/R0uLkPOwyU
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 20, 2017
That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was! ;^D pic.twitter.com/3Zdq9xhXlE
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful…
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 20, 2017
It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis! He'll keep'em laffin in the ever after!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 20, 2017
RIP Jerry Lewis, a legend and icon on many levels. Respect. Show your kids him and Dick Gregory. The world lost two giants. Remember them. ?
— Nick Swardson (@NickSwardson) August 20, 2017
Lewis will clearly be greatly missed, however, his comedy will live on in fans’ hearts forever.