LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Legendary comedian and actor Jerry Lewis died Sunday in Las Vegas.

Lewis, according to a statement provided to CBS News, died of natural causes. He was 91.

“Famed comedian, actor, and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side,” said Candi Cazau, who had been Lewis’ publicist since 1999.

Over the phone, Cazau told a CBS affiliate in Las Vegas that Lewis’ death is going to be “a huge for everyone including the entertainment industry.”

“I cherish the relationship we had. He was an honorable, kind-hearted individual,” Cazau added.

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Sunday, the Muscular Dystrophy Association issued a statement. It read in part, “The Muscular Dystrophy Association mourns the loss of beloved comedian, humanitarian and former MDA telethon star and national chairman, Jerry Lewis.”

jerry lewis Legendary Comedian Jerry Lewis Dies Of Natural Causes At 91

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They added, Jerry won the admiration and respect of millions for his dedication to providing help and hope for people of all ages, races and backgrounds living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases. He laid the foundation for groundbreaking treatments available today and those yet to come.”



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