Comedian, actor and showman Jerry Lewis had died at the age of 91 in his Las Vegas home. His publicist, Candi Cazau made the announcement, saying he had died Sunday of natural causes with his family by his side.
In one of his last interviews, conducted less than a year ago as his first film in twenty years, Max Rose was being released, he was candid about where he was in life and his future. He told the interviewer, “If you’re real to yourself, you recognize there’s not a lot of time left. And I don’t like that part. I don’t like that part at all.”
Lewis becomes emotional as he talks about his greatest fear, that of leaving his wife and daughter behind. He says, “I’m not going to hold them, I’m not going to love on them, and I can’t handle that.” The interviewer says, “Lewis is slowing down but assures us he’s not retiring. He performs every month in front of an audience, which he says is his secret to staying young.”
They play a clip of Lewis saying, “If they’re happy, you’re happy.” There aren’t a lot of happy Jerry Lewis fans today, as word of his passing spreads.
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