Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis Suffers Stroke, Expected to Recover

Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis Suffers Stroke, Expected to Recover
Left: The 'Killer', rock 'n' roll legend, singer and pianist Jerry Lee Lewis in London, on June 10, 1958. Right: Lewis performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, on May 2, 2015. (Evening Standard/Getty Images—John Davisson/Invision/AP

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis is recovering after a minor stroke, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.

A statement from his publicist says the 83-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had a stroke Thursday night, Feb. 28, and is recuperating in Memphis. His publicist, Zach Farnum, said no scheduled shows have been affected.

Lewis is one of the last men standing from the Sun Records’ Collection, which also includes Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.

Nicknamed “The Killer,” Lewis is known for his outrageous energy and piano skills on songs like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’.”

He is scheduled to perform at the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April and his publicist said he has plans to record a gospel album soon.

Earlier this week, Luke Perry, the star of “Riverdale” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” was reportedly sedated in a Los Angeles-area hospital after he suffered a major stroke.

According to an update from TMZ, a spokesperson for the 52-year-old actor was sedated following reports that he was placed in a coma. TMZ reported that a family member initially said he was put in a medically induced coma.

The Blast also quoted a spokesperson as saying that the coma report is “not true.”

“Mr. Perry is currently under observation at the hospital,” his representative also said in a statement, Reuters reported.

Sources told TMZ that Perry suffered a massive stroke.

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“Paramedics responded to Luke’s home in Sherman Oaks around 9:40 AM. We know the call came into the fire department for someone suffering a stroke, and Luke was transported to a nearby hospital. It’s unclear what his condition is right now,” according to TMZ.

Perry currently plays Fred Andrews on the teen television series “Riverdale” but is better known for his role as the handsome loner Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which was set around a group of students living in the upscale southern California city.

Perry was taken ill the same day that Fox television announced it was reviving the series with many of the original cast, including Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, and Tori Spelling. Perry was not among those announced as returning for the limited run of six new episodes this summer.

“Beverly Hills, 90210” ran for 10 years starting in 1990 and was one of the most popular shows on U.S. television.

‘90210’ Stars React

“My friend. Holding you tight and giving you my strength. You got this,” Shannen Doherty, who played Brenda Walsh on the 1990s hit teen drama. She shared a photo on Instagram with the pair on set.

“No words can express what my heart feels hearing today’s shocking news. Let us all say a prayer for his speedy recovery,” co-star Ian Ziering wrote on Instagram along with a photo of the two.

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TMZ first broke the story about Perry’s stroke, describing it as “massive.” The “Riverdale” star suffered the medical event in his home in Sherman Oaks, California.

A representative for Perry, 52, said he is “currently under observation at the hospital,” Fox News reported.

Dean Cain, who appeared on the show, also paid tribute to Perry on social media.

“Praying hard for Luke Perry today. May he have a full and fast recovery,” Cain tweeted.

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Celebrities Lost So Far in 2019

Peter Tork

Peter Tork of the Monkees passed away at 77 in February 2019 (Getty Images | Noel Vasquez)

Albert Finney

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British actor Albert Finney arrives to the premiere of his new film ‘Erin Brockovich’ in Los Angeles, on March 14, 2000. (Lucy Nicholson/AFP/Getty Images)

James Ingram

Longtime R&B singer James Ingram died in late January. Quincy Jones, a collaborator of his, wrote: “With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical … every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home.”

Singer James Ingram has died at the age of 66 after a battle with brain cancer, according to reports on Jan. 29. (Getty Images)

Fatima Ali

“Top Chef” alum Fatima Ali died on Friday, January 25, after a battle with terminal cancer. She was 29.

Former “Top Chef” contestant Bruce Kalman paid tribute to her: “It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer,” he wrote

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“Top Chef” star Fatima Ali died at the age of 29 after battling a form of bone cancer, said her family. (Instagram / Selfie)

Carol Channing

Carol Channing in Concord, N.H. Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and on television has died at age 97. Publicist B. Harlan Boll says Channing died of natural causes early in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Jan. 15, 2019. (Jim Cole/AP Photo)

Bob Einstein

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Bob Einstein arrives to the Premiere Of HBO’s “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on June 27, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Comedian and actor Bob Einstein died on Jan. 2 after a battle with cancer. He was 76.

Daryl Dragon

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This photo shows Toni Tennille, left, and Daryl Dragon on Oct. 25, 1995. the singing duo The Captain and Tennille, posing during an interview in at their home in Washoe Valley, south of Reno, Nev. Dragon died early Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 in at a hospice in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/David B. Parker, File)

Daryl Dragon, or “Captain” of pop group Captain and Tennille, died on Jan. 2 of renal failure.

The Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips and Reuters contributed to this report.