Jerry Lee Lewis dies aged 87

Jerry Lee Lewis has died aged 87.

The rock ‘n’ roll singer died Friday at his home in Desoto County, Mississippi, with his wife, Judith, by his side, according to his publicist Zach Farnum.

“He was there in the beginning, with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly and the rest, and watched them disappear one by one until he was the only one to go. testify, and sing the birth of rock’n’roll”, added Farnum.

The announcement comes just two days after the famous singer’s death was falsely reported.

Lewis was best known in the 1950s for such hits as Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Great Balls of Fire, Breathless and High School Confidential.

However, his career was derailed in 1958 when it emerged that the then 22-year-old rocker had married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown, while still married to his previous wife.

His private life has been mired in scandals over the years due to his addiction to prescription drugs, legal disputes, allegations of abuse and run-ins with authorities. He was infamously arrested in 1976 for crashing his car into the gates of Elvis Presley’s Graceland home with a loaded gun inside the vehicle.

Despite the scandals, Lewis finally enjoyed a resurgence in popularity when he switched to country music in the late 60s.

The singer has released over 40 studio albums and won four Grammy Awards throughout his career and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

He married seven times and had six children. He is survived by his wife Judith and four of his children.

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