Jerry Lee Lewis has died at the age of 87.
The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer died of natural causes at his home in DeSoto County, Mississippi.
Zach Farnum, a spokesman for the iconic star, said: “Judith, his seventh wife, was by his side when he died at his home in Dessato County, Mississippi, south of Memphis.
“In his last days, he told her he welcomed the future and was not afraid.”
The controversial star rose to fame in the 1950s, and his popularity helped establish rock ‘n’ roll as the dominant musical genre in the US for a decade.
Lewis released his debut album, which included the hit single “High School Confidential,” in 1958. In the ’50s, he also produced hits such as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”
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However, his career was soon derailed by the news that he was married to his 13-year-old cousin Myra Brown.
The scandal happened at the height of his fame and caused the cancellation of his UK tour. The chart-topping star has also been blacklisted by US radio stations and concert promoters.
Lewis subsequently became notorious for his drinking, drug use and womanizing.
In 2010, he said: “I did crazy things. I screwed up along the way and got what was coming to me.”
Despite this, he managed to resurrect his music career by switching from rock and roll to the country scene, where he achieved a number of chart successes.
Lewis, whose death was erroneously reported by some outlets on Wednesday (26.10.22), was actually among the first ten artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
The “Breathless” hitmaker has also won four Grammy Awards in his career and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year.