What Health Issues Has Jerry Lewis Had?


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Jerry Lewis has suffered from age-related illnesses and illnesses related to a back injury he sustained in 1965. He has also suffered from problems with addiction. He suffered a major heart attack in 1962 and a mild heart attack while on a flight in 2006. After his heart attack in 2006, it was discovered that he had pneumonia and a severely damaged heart. In 1999, he fell sick with meningitis while touring in Australia.

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Jerry Lewis sustained a serious back injury while performing in Las Vegas and was almost left paralyzed. For 13 years, he became addicted to the pain reliever Percodan. As of 2015, he claims to not have taken a pill since 1978. In 2002, a neurostimulater was injected into his back to help with the pain. Due to heart damage, he has had a cardiac catheterization and two stents inserted into one of his coronary arteries.

Jerry Lewis is an actor, comedian, director, screenwriter and singer who was born in New Jersey in 1926. He is performed roles in films including "The Nutty Professor," "The Bell Boy," "The King of Comedy" and "Mr. Saturday Night." He has also appeared in multiple television series including "Mad About You" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

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