Jerry Lee Lewis, the Singer of ‘Great Balls of Fire,’ Died at the Age of 87!

Jerry Lee Lewis was well-known for his rock ‘n’ roll hits such as ‘Great Balls of Fire.’ Jerry Lee Lewis has died, according to Fox News Digital. His publicist said in a press release Friday that the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer died after suffering from various illnesses over the years.

“He was there at the start, with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, and the rest, and watched them fade away one by one until it was just him to bear witness and sing of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll,” the release continued.

“‘Who would have thought it would be me,’ he said near the end of his days?”

Lewis struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, legal issues, and physical illness over the years. According to the press release, his wife Judith said just before his death, “He is ready to leave.”

Jerry Lee Lewis

“Jerry Lee’s indelible mark as a rock & roller in no way obscures his impact as one of the greatest country singers of all time,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in a statement released Friday. “He was the ultimate stylist, taking songs to new heights that they could never have reached without his distinct voice and soul.

Known as ‘The Killer,’ he was actually a reviver, reviving music and emotions. The country records he made with producer Jerry Kennedy will never be replicated or surpassed, and we were proud to induct him into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year. Among the greatest artists, he was “a table-thumpin’ smash,” as his friend Kris Kristofferson put it.”

In the 1950s, Lewis began his career as a rock ‘n’ roll performer. At the time, other well-known artists included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. The Louisiana-born musician rebranded as a country music artist in the 1960s. He maintained his success, winning three Grammys.

On October 16, Lewis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. According to the Country Music Association, he had 34 Top 20 country hits between 1968 and 1981. In 1986, the singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“It is a humbling experience to be recognized by Country Music with their highest honor,” Lewis said in a statement when the induction was first announced.

“The little boy from Ferriday, Louisiana, who grew up listening to Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, never imagined he’d be in the same Hall as them. I am grateful to everyone who has recognized that Jerry Lee Lewis’s music is country music, as well as to our mighty God for his never-ending redeeming grace.”

Throughout his career, Lewis has also collaborated with top artists. He released the song “Last Man Standing” in 2006, which featured Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, and George Jones. In 2010, Lewis also released “Mean Old Man,” which featured collaborations with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, and Tim McGraw, among others.

Throughout his life, Lewis was no stranger to controversy. He was married to his cousin at one point. His career nearly ended when the press learned of the marriage, which occurred at the same time he was married to his first wife.

When asked about the marriage, Lewis told The Wall Street Journal in 2014, “I probably would have rearranged my life a little bit differently, but I never did hide anything from people.” “I just went about my business as usual.”

Lewis had seven marriages and was never far from trouble or death. Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate, his fourth wife, drowned in a swimming pool in 1982 while suing for divorce. Shawn Stephens, his fifth wife, was 23 years his junior when she died of an apparent drug overdose in 1983.

Lewis married Kerrie McCarver, then 21, within a year. In 1986, she filed for divorce, accusing him of physical abuse and infidelity. He countersued, but both petitions were eventually dismissed.

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