The celebrated and humorous American comedian, Jerry Lewis, was rushed to the hospital Friday just before he was meant to go on stage and entertain a sold out crowd at the Rooty Hill RSL in Sydney, Australia. The Muscular Dystophy Foundation was being helped by Lewis in attempts to raise money for their foundation.
The 85-year-old comedian is known for many comedic performances and slapstick humor that he has become so famous for throughout the world of television, stage, and radio. He began his career at only 20 years old making his debut with Dean Martin becoming associated as “Martin and Lewis”. The duo’s night club work really hit it off and they were soon making film’s together. Some of his best early movies are Cinderfella (1960), The Geisha Boy (1958), and original The Nutty Professor (1968).
Since his beginning as a comedian and actor, he has dedicated himself to giving back to the world; he has become the national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and even won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 81st Academy Awards because of it.
The Muscular Dystophy Foundation CEO David Jack informed with sympathy that Lewis was, “not well enough to take the stage.” He also decided to cancel the show after seeing Lewis’s condition. He also expressed, “On meeting Mr. Lewis he was very pale, looked quite frail, was unable to communicate very well.”
Immediately after Lewis began having pains, he was driven to the hospital where tests were taken but no comments on his current condition were too serious enough to be announced.
For Lewis the day had been long; it was filled with newspaper, radio, and television interviews but an insider said he was fine earlier in the day.
The Daily Mail disagrees with that comment as they say that Richard Errington, chief executive officer of the Rooty Hill Returned Serviceman’s League Club was with Lewis when they arrived at the club stating, “He looked ill. He couldn’t even get out of the car.”
Lewis has raised $2.6 billion for the Foundation in his 61 years as their spokesperson.
On performing in Australia he says, “The Australian audience wants to be involved because they are just good people and I’m very blessed that they have treated me the way they have cause I’ll keep coming back until we get it done.”
His life dedication is helping the Muscular Dystrophy Association as he will continue to support research, one laugh at a time.
Enjoy an interview with Jerry Lewis on the Australian tour at Brookwater Golf Club!
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