Los Angeles, March 2 (IANS) Rock n roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, known as “The Killer”, has suffered a minor stroke but is expected to make a full recovery.
A statement issued by his publicist Zach Farnum said the 83-year-old keyboardist had the stroke on Thursday night, but is recuperating in Memphis, reports deadline.com.
“So far, no scheduled shows are affected”, Farnum said.
Lewis is scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April.
He is best known for early rock classics like “Great balls of fire” and “Whole lotta shakin'”. He was also a member of the “Million Dollar Quartet” with Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
“The Killer looks forward to getting back into the studio soon to record a Gospel record and on the road performing live for his fans. His family requests privacy at this time. Well wishes and prayers are greatly appreciated,” said the statement.
Lewis started in rock and then moved to country music, scoring an overall dozen gold records in the combined genres. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1976. His life was chronicled in the movie “Great Balls of Fire”, starring Dennis Quaid.