Comedy icon Jerry Lewis is “fine,” according to his rep, after falling ill in Australia.
It takes a lot to keep Jerry Lewis out of the game, and apparently missing a show in Australia is not the end of the road for the comedy icon.
“He’s fine,” said Nancy Kane, Lewis’ publicist, to SheKnows.com. “I heard from his camp a few hours ago and he’s fine.”
The 85-year-old Lewis missed a sold-out charity concert in Sydney, Australia on Friday and was hospitalized.
“He couldn’t even get out of the car, he was pale and looked extremely unwell,” said show promoter Richard Errington to News.com.au.
Lewis is on a tour down under to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of Australia, which is separate from the American association, of which Lewis is the national chairman. The funnyman made headlines last month when he announced that he was stepping down as host of the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon, which he has hosted since 1966.
“I’ll continue to serve MDA as its National Chairman — as I’ve done since the early 1950s,” Lewis said. “I’ll never desert MDA and my kids.”
Lewis has had a number of health issues in recent years, including a debilitating back condition, heart issues and pulmonary fibrosis, but he’s been optimistic about living a long life. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery.