Jerry Lee Lewis, 87, rock'n'roll icon, has passed away



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Jerry Lee Lewis, 87, rock'n'roll icon, has passed away

Jerry Lee Lewis, the legend of the rock'n'roll scene, died at the age of 87. This was confirmed by his spokesman. Jerry Lee Lewis is considered one of the founders of rock'n'roll, and Rolling Stone magazine included him among the 100 best performers of all time.

His hits like "Great Balls of Fire" helped establish rock'n'roll as the dominant American pop music of the 1950s. Jerry had health problems, and although the news about his death was "falsely" published a few days ago, this time, unfortunately, it is true.

The musician died of natural causes at his home in Memphis, his agent Zach Farnum confirmed. Lewis called himself "The Killer" and was the last survivor of a generation of revolutionary performers that included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard.

He was once described as a "stampede of a man" During the performance of his hit "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" in 1957 for a TV show, chairs were thrown at him. Jerry had health problems, and although the news about his death was "falsely" published a few days ago, this time, unfortunately, it is true.

The musician died of natural causes at his home in Memphis, his agent Zach Farnum confirmed. Lewis called himself "The Killer" and was the last survivor of a generation of revolutionary performers that included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

His private life, at the same time, was covered in scandals.

In 1958, while Presley was in the army, he was on the verge of supplanting him as the number one rock'n'roll artist in the world. However, while he was on tour in England, the media broke the news that he was married to 13-year-old (maybe even 12-year-old) Myra Gale Brown.

She was his cousin, and Lewis was still married to his previous wife. His tour was canceled and Lewis was blacklisted. His earnings dropped to almost zero overnight. In the following years, Lewis struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, legal disputes, and illness.

Two of his many marriages ended in the untimely death of his wife. Brown divorced him in the early 1970s, later citing the physical and psychological abuse she suffered. Lewis rose again as a country artist in the 1960s, and the music industry eventually forgave him.

He has won three Grammys and recorded with some of the industry's biggest stars, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, and Tim McGraw. He has recorded 40 studio albums, the latest being "Rock & Roll Time" from 2014. His previous album, "Mean Old Man", reached the US Top 30 upon its release in 2010.