Clark County Coroner, John Fudenberg, revealed Jerry Lewis’ cause of death was “end- stage cardiac disease and peripheral vascular disease”.
It was reported previously that the actor had “ischemic cardiomyopathy”. Ischemic cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart muscle begins to lose function due ischemia, or lack of sufficient blood flow. Ischemia can be caused by narrowing of blood vessels during hypertension and/or atherosclerosis.
The slapstick legend passed away, according to his publicist, on Sunday.
Mark Rozzano, his manager, stated the actor “passed peacefully at home this morning of natural causes at the age of 91 with his loving family by his side.” He was living in Las Vegas.
In addition to blockbusters such as “The Nutty Professor”, “The Bellboy” and “Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, he was world renowned for his philanthropic golden touch as he hosted the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Marathon over a span of 5 decades. These telethons helped raise over $2 billion dollars and awareness for muscular dystrophy.
Jerry Lewis had dealt with multiple health problems over the years including multiple heart attacks, back injuries, viral meningitis, diabetes, and prostate cancer.
He is survived by his wife, SanDee Pitnick, and his 6 children. Lewis lost a son in 2009 to “acute morphine intoxication”.
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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician