When Jerry Lee Lewis was said to have passed away on Wednesday at the age of 87, the music industry was shocked to its soul.
In a statement to EW, Lee’s spokesperson Zach Farnum said, “He’s alive.” The first report was “formed erroneously off on an undercover informant,” he continued.
The singer Jerry Lee Lewis passed away at his Memphis home, according to TMZ’s Wednesday afternoon claim. However, shortly after, the source changed their statement and stated, “We were informed earlier today that Lewis had gone away by someone posing as his representative. It didn’t work out like that. TMZ is sorry for the mistake.
Lewis, whose records include “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On,” previously experienced a stroke in 2019. Since then, he has been heading in the right direction and in 2020 he revealed plans to join with producer T-Bone Burnett to make an album of gospel tunes.
Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Thought, a documentary that A24 published earlier this year, also included Lewis. Ethan Coen was the film’s director.
Lewis, a pioneering pianist and vocalist, is the only surviving member of the Million Dollar Quartet recording sessions for Sun Records, which also featured Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
He was honored into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this month, but on the advice of his physicians, he chose not to accept the honor. In Lewis’ place, Hank Williams Jr. and Kris Kristofferson accepted the accolade and celebrated it.
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