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Jerry Lewis Dead at 91

The comedy world has lost another icon.

Jerry Lewis, who rose to fame alongside Dean Martin, influenced generations of comedians and raised billions of dollars thanks to his Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died at the age of 91.

Lewis' death was confirmed by Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes, who said Lewis died this morning in his home in Las Vegas and shared the following statement from his family:  "Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home with family by his side."

As expected, many figures from the comedy and entertainment world took to social media to pay their respects to the comedy legend.


Patton Oswalt on Twitter

Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful... ...haven.

Penn Jillette on Twitter

How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis would smile at me? And how sad to lose him.

Gilbert Gottfried on Twitter

The French were right about him all along. RIP Jerry Lewis

Mark Kermode on Twitter

Had the great privilege of interviewing Jerry Lewis once; he was smart, funny, and sharp as a razor. He also starred in Scorsese's best film

Kumail Nanjiani on Twitter

As a kid, I'm pretty sure I was the biggest Jerry Lewis fan in the world. Truly. R.I.P. Jerry Lewis.

Ryan Stiles on Twitter

I grew up with Jerry Lewis. He let me know it was ok to be goofy. Back with Dean. Rest In Peace. Lady!!!

Nubyjas Wilborn on Twitter

Jerry Lewis & Dick Gregory in the same weekend. wow.

George Takei on Twitter

We have lost a great comedian and even greater heart. Thank you for the laughs and the feels, Jerry Lewis.

George Wallace on Twitter

Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis in a 12 hour span? That shit happens in threes. I'm rollin' up in bubble wrap and layin' on the floor & whatnot

Dane Cook on Twitter

My mentor & friend Jerry Lewis has passed away. A visionary. A pioneer in all forms of entertainment. A charitable human. A father.

Dane Cook on Twitter

Always funny. Always helpful. Always honest. I will miss you Jerry Lewis. The world has lost a true innovator & icon.

Harry Connick Jr on Twitter

RIP jerry lewis... he was always so nice to me - the greatest of all time.

William Shatner on Twitter

Condolences to the family of Jerry Lewis. The world is a lot less funnier today. ☹️

Tribeca on Twitter

You might as well like yourself; just think about all the time you're gonna have to spend with you." - Jerry Lewis #RIP

Rich Eisen on Twitter

One of my biggest thrills. RIP Jerry Lewis

Golden Globe Awards on Twitter

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis passed away at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91. Rest in Peace.

James Urbaniak on Twitter

Jerry Lewis was a giant who spanned every aspect to 20th century show business and kept going into the 21st. He might as well rest now.

Margaret Cho on Twitter

Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis were two of the funniest, most legendary and prolific entertainers of our generation and I bow to their genius.

Meredith Frost on Twitter

RIP Jerry Lewis, a true comedic genius.

TCM on Twitter

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Jerry Lewis. @THR remembers him here

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)