Rock ‘n’ roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis not dead, rep confirms

There’s a whole lotta’ misformation goin’ on.

Rock ‘n’ roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis is alive and well despite a report claiming otherwise, Page Six can confirm.

“He’s alive. TMZ reported erroneously off of a bulls–t anonymous tip,” the “Great Balls of Fire” singer’s rep told us on Wednesday.

TMZ incorrectly broke the news that Lewis passed away at his home in Memphis on Wednesday.

The beloved musician had been dealing with health issues recently, which likely lead to the speculation.

A Facebook post from his official page showed Lewis looking frail while dealing with the “flu.”

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Jerry Lee Lewis is not dead despite a report claiming otherwise, his rep told Page Six Wednesday.
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The Oct. 19 post read, “On Sunday, Jerry Lee Lewis was finally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The legendary Jerry Lee was too ill with the flu to attend the ceremony.

“His longtime dear friend Kris Kristofferson accepted in his honor from Hank Williams Jr. and Kris and his wife Lisa were nice enough to drive down to Memphis and present it to Jerry Lee in person.”

Lewis is best known for his song “Great Balls of Fire,” which was released in 1957.

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Jerry Lee Lewis

Lewis is best known for his song “Great Balls of Fire,” which was released in 1957.

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“I was asked to give my speech 30 minutes ago…

Lee then said in a message to his fans, “It is with heartfelt sadness and disappointment that I write to you today from my sick bed, rather than be able to share my thoughts in person.

“I tried everything I could to build up the strength to come today – I’ve looked so forward to it since I found out about it earlier this year. My sincerest apologies to all of you for missing this fine event, but I hope to see you all soon.”

Lee first broke out into the music scene with his hit “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” in 1957.

He became well-known for his piano-playing skills and often performed alongside fellow rock stars like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.


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