New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - THIS WEEK IN... -

With his tongue-out, jaw-stretch­ing smile, Jerry Lewis knew how to squeeze out a laugh from the hard­est of au­di­ences.

His smile never faded – even through his grouchy mo­ments – de­spite nu­mer­ous health prob­lems, in­clud­ing over­com­ing sev­eral heart at­tacks and prostate can­cer.

The ac­tor and co­me­dian died at his home in Las Ve­gas on Au­gust 20, sur­rounded by his fam­ily. He was 91.

A coro­ner said the cause of death was com­pli­ca­tions due to coro­nary artery dis­ease.

Jerry’s brash, slap­stick style of com­edy had au­di­ences in stitches, which was only height­ened in his part­ner­ship with Dean Martin. As the ab­surd joker to Dean’s crooner, the pair made 16 films to­gether over 10 years.

But as well as his big laugh, Jerry also had a big heart. From 1966 to 2010, he hosted a telethon to raise more than $3.5 bil­lion for the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion, of which he was chair­man. The an­nual event helped fi­nance New York’s mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar In­sti­tute for Mus­cle Dis­ease.

Many celebri­ties shared their sad­ness at the loss of the leg­endary fun­ny­man, in­clud­ing friend Dame Joan Collins (84), who tweeted: “The King of Com­edy Jerry Lewis was a tremen­dous tal­ent and a good friend.

Rest in peace #Jer­ryLewis. You’ll be sorely missed.”

Jerry is survived by his wife SanDee (66), daugh­ter Daniele and five sons from a pre­vi­ous marriage.

Com­edy ca­pers

in 1953 with Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe

and Dean.

A cham­pion for mus­cu­lar

dys­tro­phy. All smiles in the Lewis house­hold in 1958 with his first wife Patti and their sons. Dean and Jerry were a suc­cess story on screen, mak­ing 16 films to­gether. Jerry, his wife

SanDee and daugh­ter Daniele. Like fa­ther like son: Jerry and Gary clown around in 2004. Th i s w o n’ t hurt a bit!

Jerry with his life­time achieve­ment award. Below: With Joan and Alan Cum­ming. Jerry Lewi s 1926-2017

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