Jerry Lee Lewis Passes Away At 87

Singer-pianist Jerry Lee Lewis, the hell-raising, larger-than-life rock ‘n’ roll pioneer and latter-day country star, has died, according to a rep, Zach Farnum. He was 87.


His publicist confirmed Friday that Lewis died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, following false reports of his death earlier this week.

Lewis was part of the first generation of rock stars, known for hits like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”.

His career suffered a setback in 1958 after it was revealed that he’d married his 13-year-old cousin – prompting radio stations to pull his songs.

Lewis continued to perform throughout his life, and was portrayed by actor Dennis Quaid in the 1989 biopic Great Balls of Fire.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 1986.

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