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Jerry Lewis, Comic Turned Telethon Fund-Raiser, Dies at 91

  • Helped raise an estimated $1.7 billion for muscular dystrophy
  • With Dean Martin, he was top box-office act from 1950-1956
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Jerry Lewis, who teamed with Dean Martin to create one of show business’s most famous acts and redefined slapstick comedy with his hammy, sappy on-screen persona, has died. He was 91.

The entertainer died Sunday morning of natural causes at his home Las Vegas with his family at his side, Nancy Kane, his publicist of almost 25 years, said in an interview.