Jerry Lee Lewis alive after false death report

Rock ‘n’ roll musician Jerry Lee Lewis is alive, his rep has said, after the ‘Great Balls of Fire’ singer received a false death report.

A report from an American publication TMZ initially said the 87-year-old died today (October 26) at his home in Memphis.

However, an update from the outlet said that: “Earlier today we were told by someone claiming to be Lewis’ representative that he was deceased. This turned out not to be the case.

Representatives for Lewis have confirmed the situation to page 6, saying, “He is alive. TMZ wrongly reported on an anonymous bulls*** tip.

Considered one of the pioneers of rock’n’roll, the pianist was born on September 29, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana.

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On”, released in April 1957, gave Lewis his first success as a solo artist. The follow-up, “Great Balls of Fire”, was an even bigger hit and became his signature song.

Released in December 1957, it was later used prominently in films such as 1986 Superior gun and the rest of this year Top Gun: Maverick. The song’s title gave its name to a 1989 biopic, which starred Dennis Quaid as Lewis.

Last Sunday, Lewis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. According to a post on the musician’s official Facebook page, he was “too sick with the flu to attend the ceremony.” Longtime friend and collaborator Kris Kristofferson accepted the honor in his place before traveling to Memphis to present the award to Lewis in person.

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