Early Reports of Jerry Lee Lewis’ Passing Were Premature


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Update, Oct. 28: Jerry Lee Lewis has died at the age of 87, after reports earlier in the week were made prematurely.

Social media was abuzz on Wednesday with reports that legendary rock & roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis had passed away — but in reality, the 87-year-old is alive and in Memphis.

After initially publishing a report announcing Lewis’ passing, TMZ issued a retraction that read:

Jerry Lee Lewis is not dead … as we previously reported.

We’re told the rock ‘n’ roll legend is alive, living in Memphis. Earlier today we were told by someone claiming to be Lewis’ rep that he had passed. That turned out not to be the case.

TMZ regrets the error.

This all came a week or so after Lewis’ team announced on social media that he was “too ill with the flu” to attend his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, which took place on Oct. 18.

The post on Lewis’s social media pages included a photo of Kris Kristofferson visiting Lewis in Memphis and handing him his induction medallion:

On Sunday, Jerry Lee Lewis was finally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The legendary Jerry Lee was too ill with the flu to attend the ceremony. His longtime dear friend Kris Kristofferson accepted in his honor from Hank Williams Jr. and Kris and his wife Lisa were nice enough to drive down to Memphis and present it to Jerry Lee in person. We love you, Kris, thank you so much – and major thanks to all the millions of fans who supported this effort, fellow Hall of Famers and artists, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and staff and CMA Country Music Association for honoring him. The Killer’s acceptance note is below. More on this soon…
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“Dear friends and fans in Nashville,
It is with heartfelt sadness and disappointment that I write to you today from my sick bed, rather than be able to share my thoughts in person. I tried everything I could to build up the strength to come today – I’ve looked so forward to it since I found out about it earlier this year. My sincerest apologies to all of you for missing this fine event, but I hope to see you all soon.
To be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest honor in Country music. Through over 60 years singing music professionally, country has always been the genre where I felt the most at home – between my fellow artists, the radio and the industry players — some of them anyway. I am honored to be going into that Hall of Fame rotunda with some of my heroes – Hank Williams Sr., Jimmie Rodgers and the like – not to mention so many amazing friends who have been so good to me through the years.
Thank you all for your support and love and for electing me into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and most of all, thanks to God for allowing me to experience this honor while I am still here. Since I could not be in-person with you today, I have asked one of my closest and dearest friends to accept this great honor for me – and he’s no stranger to this process: the legendary, Kris Kristofferson.”

On Sunday, Jerry Lee Lewis was finally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The legendary Jerry Lee was too ill…

Posted by Jerry Lee Lewis on Wednesday, October 19, 2022

At the induction ceremony, Hank Williams Jr. paid tribute to Lewis by reading a letter on his behalf:“It is with heartfelt sadness and disappointment that I write to you today from my sick bed, rather than be able to share my thoughts in person. I tried everything I could to build up the strength to come today — I’ve looked so forward to it since I found out about it earlier this year,” read part of it. “Thank you all for your support and love and for electing me into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and most of all, thanks to God for allowing me to experience this honor while I am still here.”
Here’s the induction ceremony video from the Country Music Hall of Fame:



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