“He’s alive. TMZ reported erroneously off of a bullsh*t anonymous tip.”
Yikes… not a good look for TMZ…
The outlet originally stated that Lewis had passed away in his Memphis, Tennessee home earlier today, and the icon has been struggling with recent health issues, which is more than likely what led to the speculation.
A recent Facebook post explained that Jerry Lee Lewis was unable to attend his Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony because he was batteling the flu:
The October 19th post read:
“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.”
Lee also sent a message to his fans:
“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.”