Jerry Lee Lewis a Rock ’n’ Roll Original Dead at 87

Jerry Lee Lewis, the piano-pounding, foot-stomping singer who electrified early rock ‘n’ roll with hits like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” before marital scandal derailed his career, has died, according to a statement from his representative, Zach Farnum. He was 87.

Lewis passed away at his home in Desoto County, Mississippi, south of Memphis, the statement said. Farnum told CNN that Lewis died of “natural causes” when reached by phone.

His seventh wife, Judith, was by his side when he died and Lewis “told her, in his final days, that he welcomed the hereafter, and that he was not afraid,” the statement added.

CNN

The “Great Balls of Fire” singer’s team released a statement Friday, saying, “Lewis, perhaps the last true, great icon of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, whose marriage of blues, gospel, country, honky-tonk and raw, pounding stage performances so threatened a young Elvis Presley that it made him cry, has died.”

A piano-playing legend, Jerry Lee is considered one of the first true rock ‘n’ roll musicians … rising to fame way back in 1957 with his first hit, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”

Ever the showman, Jerry Lee was known to light his piano on fire to close out a show … and he was nicknamed “The Killer” for the way he knocked out audiences.

TMZ

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