Is the Comedian Jerry Lewis in Good Health?


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As of August 2015, American actor and comedian Jerry Lewis was in relatively good health. The 89-year-old was planning to film a new "National Lampoon” movie and was booking live appearances across the United States.

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Lewis has suffered numerous health problems, including three heart attacks. He was addicted to the pain killer Percodan for more than a decade after a back injury in 1965 almost left him paralyzed, but he says he stopped taking the drug in 1978.

In 1999, Lewis was hospitalized in Australia with viral meningitis, and in 2006, he underwent a cardiac catheterization to clear his coronary arteries, which had became 90 percent blocked. Lewis has suffered from pneumonia, prostate cancer, diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis and heart disease. In 2012, he was treated for hypoglycemia after collapsing at an event in New York.

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