Comedy legend, telethon host Jerry Lewis dead at 91

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Lewis was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 16, 1926.

"I was tall, skinny, gawky; cute but funny-looking". Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! "It's going to be a huge loss for everyone including the entertainment industry", Cazau told 8 News NOW over the phone. Lewis won eight "best director" awards in Europe, including three in France and one each in Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Many critics interpreted the plot as a reflection of Lewis's hard relationship with Martin, though it can also be read as an inquisition into Lewis's own insecurities.

In 1995, he became the highest-paid star in Broadway history as Mr Applegate in the musical Damn Yankees. He once summed up his career by saying "I've had great success being a total idiot". "It's a wonderful place to be".

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Jerry Lewis' death has been confirmed via a statement from his family, according to TMZ reports.

Lewis sprang to fame in the 1950s as a zany comic performer in nightclubs, on television and in the movies, launching his act as the cross-eyed sidekick of the suave singer Dean Martin. Yet, the duo went separate ways after a farewell performance at the Copacabana in 1956, as Lewis's growing artistic aspirations strained their relationship. He also touched with lives of thousands through his work for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Lewis, who was chairman of the MDA since its inception in 1950, was well-known for hosting the organization's annual Labor Day telethon from 1966 through 2010. The actor was shown tribute for the screening and preliminary cut of "Max Rose", the actor's first movie in almost 20 years.

Later generations knew him primarily as the tireless conductor of the USA telethons for victims of muscular dystrophy, raising millions of dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. "He was not a quitter", she said.

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A legend of American cinema has long suffered from various ailments, including heart attacks, inflammatory diseases of the lung and chronic back pain.

He was reportedly surrounded by his family when he passed and is survived by his six children and second wife SanDee Pitnick.

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