×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Skip to main content
Tags: jerry lee lewis | donald trump | death | memphis

Trump on Jerry Lee Lewis: He Was 'Beloved by Everyone'

Trump on Jerry Lee Lewis: He Was 'Beloved by Everyone'
(Francois Durand/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 28 October 2022 06:25 PM EDT

As the world mourned the death of irrepressible rock 'n' roll trailblazer Jerry Lee Lewis, former President Donald Trump issued a statement on the death of the electrifying performer who called himself "The Killer."

"Jerry Lee Lewis was beloved by everyone, a real bundle of talent, energy, and everything else necessary to be a star," Trump said. "He just passed away. Our warmest regards to his wife, Judith, and family. He will be missed!"

Best known for hits "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," the piano-pounding Lewis was able to sustain a career over six decades despite personal scandal that rocked and nearly ended his career.   

The last surviving member of a generation of legendary performers that included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, Lewis died Friday morning at home in Memphis, Tennessee, according to his representative Zach Farnum. He was 87.

CNN reports that, when reached by phone, Farnum said Lewis died of natural causes.

News of his death came two days after TMZ inaccurately reported, and later retracted, that he had passed away.

While Lewis toured England in 1958, the press learned he married his 13-year-old cousin Myra Gale Brown, while still being married to his first wife. The tour was canceled, Lewis was blacklisted from the radio and his earnings collapsed to virtually nothing overnight.

In the following decades, Lewis battled drug and alcohol addiction and struggled with legal disputes and physical illness.

He reinvented himself as a country artist in the 1960s and revived his career, going on to win three Grammys and record with some of the industry's biggest stars.

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


Politics
As the world mourned the death of irrepressible rock 'n' roll trailblazer Jerry Lee Lewis, former President Donald Trump issued a statement on the death of the electrifying performer who called himself "The Killer." "Jerry Lee Lewis was beloved by everyone, a real bundle of ...
jerry lee lewis, donald trump, death, memphis
270
2022-25-28
Friday, 28 October 2022 06:25 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved