Multi-talented US comedy legend Jerry Lewis – who shot to fame in the 1950s as the comedic partner of Dean Martin – has passed away at the age of 91.
A family statement has confirmed that the star died of natural causes in his home in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.
Lewis had an illustrious career in film that stems back to the late 1940s, when he first partnered up with the rat pack member. The duo enjoyed major success over the course of a ten-year partnership which produced 16 films.
But Lewis’ work extends far beyond his early films. A multi-hyphenate entertainer, he wrote, directed and starred in massive hits such as The Nutty Professor, The Bell Boy and The Ladies Man.
Tributes for the star, who was hailed as one of the greatest comedic actors of the 20th century, have poured in on Twitter.
That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was! ;^D pic.twitter.com/3Zdq9xhXlE
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was a comic and philanthropic icon. I send love to his family today.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 20, 2017
— James Tormé (@jamestorme) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was an angel to me. Loved him & will never forget what he did for me during one of the worst times in my life. RIP, Love Roe pic.twitter.com/0OoQV4yaae
— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) August 20, 2017
Dad will be as happy to see you as I'm sad to see you go.
Give him one of your bear hugs for me. I'll always love you. pic.twitter.com/iImROGLKnl
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) August 20, 2017
— Criss Angel (@CrissAngel) August 20, 2017
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 20, 2017
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) August 20, 2017