Commandeur Jerry Lewis, a French Legion of Honor recipient, has died at the age of 91 following an illustrious career including as a director, writer, performer, comedian and actor. Remembered for joint performances with Italian singer and friend Dean Martin commencing in 1946 at Atlantic City's 500 Club, Jerry brought a smile to audiences worldwide. The duo's television debut commenced in October 1949 on the Texaco Star Theater.
A split occurred between the two performers following a 10 year partnership. Jerry Lewis had been suffering from chronic pain following a fall. A reunion some 20 years later was arranged by mutual friend Frank Sinatra.
Jerry's family has released a statement stating that he passed away from natural causes.
Jerry helped raise 2.5 billion dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the MDA Telethon.