Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis, famous for his slapstick humor across all of entertainment, died Sunday of natural causes at age 91.
With a career that spanned many decades and Lewis’ dedication to humanitarian work, especially on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, he touched many lives throughout Hollywood and beyond.
“Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I feel apart, just sobbed. I guess it’s time for that again,” Penn Jillette wrote on Twitter. How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis would smile at me? And how sad to lose him. Goodbye to the real, no irony, king of comedy.”
Lewis’ death hit Dane Cook close to home as well, as he described the entertainer as his mentor, while Marlon Wayans called him his childhood “super hero.” “I am because he was,” Jim Carrey noted.
“You invented the whole thing,” Jeffrey Tambor said. “Thank you doesn’t even get close.”
Man… I'm just floored. Growing up all kids have super heroes… #jerrylewis was mine. Such a funny man. A brilliant physical comedian. My brother Shawn and I grew up watching Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. These two helped us dream. He was hilarious and charitable. You will forever be remembered with a smile. We can look at your films and your work and we can momentarily feel better about life. That is why I work as hard as I do. I'm a fool, I'm a clown, I'm a crusader for people's smiles. We do what we have to do to make the world feel better. Thank you for the many smiles you put on my face and thank u for being a light for a little boy with big dreams to follow. Rest well. Make God laugh 😂 #ripjerrylewis🙏🏽