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Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host, dies at 91

Published:Monday | August 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this September 2, 1990, file photo, entertainer Jerry Lewis makes his opening remarks at the 25th anniversary of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labour Day Telethon fundraiser in Los Angeles. Lewis, the comedian whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, has died, according to his publicist.

LAS VEGAS (AP):

Jerry Lewis, the rubber-faced comedian and director whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, has died.

Publicist Candi Cazau said Lewis passed away yesterday morning of natural causes at age 91 in Las Vegas with his family by his side.

Lewis first became a star in a duo with Dean Martin, entertaining audiences in nightclubs, on television and in the movies. After their split in 1956, he starred in and directed a slew of hit films such as The Nutty Professor.

Later generations knew him primarily as the tireless conductor of the Labour Day weekend telethons to raise funds for victims of muscular dystrophy. Lewis retired from making movies in 1995, but returned as star of the 2016 drama Max Rose.