In the new just in, rock music legend and global music icon Jerry Lee Lewis has died at the age of 87.
Lewis’ passing was announced by his publicist, Zach Farnum. According to Consequence, an accompanying obituary was written by Rick Bragg.
In the obituary, Lewis is said to have “suffered during the last years of his life from various illnesses and injuries which, his doctors often said, should have taken him decades ago”. Prior to his passing, Lewis’ wife Judith said, “He’s ready to go.”
Lewis was a rock music pioneer, having helped popularize the style of rockabilly with a series of hit singles in the late 1950s. Some of his most notable songs include: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Breathless”, “High School Confidential” and the classic “Great Balls of Fire”.
During his decades-long career, Lewis would record a multitude of albums, and in 1986 he would become one of the very first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Upon his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the organization had this to say about him: “He pounded the piano with such abandon that it’s a miracle he didn’t fall apart. is a defiant, reckless and tireless wild man who can send you into oblivion.”
Apart from his rock music accomplishments, Lewis was a recipient of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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