DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Jerry Lewis (aged 91)
American comedian, actor, film producer, writer and film director
Joseph Levitch (March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017), better known by his stage name Jerry Lewis, was an American comedian, actor, singer, filmmaker and humanitarian and dubbed as “The King of Comedy” and “The Total Filmmaker”. Lewis appeared in 60 film and television productions, performed his comedy routines at concerts and nightclubs and ventured into behind-the-scenes work, as a director, producer and screenwriter following a union between his company, Jerry Lewis Productions and Paramount Pictures. Lewis released several albums as a singer, selling millions of records and throughout his career, he sought to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy, serving as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 1956 to 2011.
DEATH: Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 9:15 a.m. (PDT) on August 20, 2017, at the age of 91. The cause was end-stage cardiac disease and peripheral artery disease. In his will, Lewis left his estate to his second wife of 34 years, SanDee Pitnick, and their daughter, and intentionally excluded his sons from his first marriage as well as their descendants.