The 83-year-old is expected to make a full recovery
Jerry Lee Lewis has been hospitalised following a minor stoke, it has been revealed.
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According to a post on the 83-year-old musicians Facebook page, Lewis suffered the stroke on Thursday (February 28) and is expected to make a full recovery.
The post read: “Last night, Jerry Lee Lewis suffered a minor stroke. He is with his family, recuperating in Memphis and the doctors expect a full recovery.”
They added, referring to his nickname that “The Killer” is “looking forward to getting back into the studio soon to record a Gospel record and on the road performing live for his fans. His family requests privacy at this time. Well wishes and prayers are greatly appreciated.”
Born in Louisiana, Lewis first began playing the piano at just nine-years-old. Lewis was later singed to Sun Records, the famed label which also played a key role in the careers of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
Described as “rock’n’roll’s first great wild man,” he became best known for his 1950’s rockabilly hits ‘Great Balls of Fire’, ‘High School Confidential’ and ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’.
Lewis is also Grammy award winner and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
According to Lewis’ representative Zach Farnum, Lewis is still scheduled to appear at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in April and at the Heritage Festival in May.