Rock’n’roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis is not dead, We Weekly can officially confirm.
“He’s alive,” the ‘Crazy Arms’ artist’s rep said We.
TMZ incorrectly reported that the rock musician, 87, died at his Memphis home on Wednesday, October 26, but quickly removed the article.
The legendary songwriter was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 16 but was unable to attend the ceremony due to the flu. Lewis’ official Facebook page shared the news and a heartfelt acceptance speech on Oct. 19.
“Dear friends and Nashville fans, it is with profound sadness and disappointment that I write to you today from my sickbed, rather than being able to share my thoughts in person,” the ‘Great Balls of Fire”. “I’ve tried everything I could to give myself the strength to come today — I’ve been looking forward to it since I found out about it earlier this year. My most sincere apologies to all of you for missing this great event, but I hope to see you all soon.
He added, “Being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame is country music’s highest honor. For over 60 years of singing music professionally, country has always been the genre I’ve felt most comfortable in – between my fellow artists, radio and industry players – some of them in any case. I’m honored to walk into this Hall of Fame rotunda with some of my heroes – Hank Williams Sr., Jimmie Rodgers and others – not to mention so many amazing friends who have been so good to me over the years.
Longtime friend of the artist, musician Kris Kristofferson accepted the award on Lewis’s behalf and traveled to Memphis to present the award in person to his friend.
Lewis took the music industry by storm in 1957 when he released his first hit song “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”. He became even better known for his piano skills and performed alongside legendary musical icons like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.