Jerry Lewis’ cause of death revealed by Nevada coroner


Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis' death Sunday was caused by a heart condition, the Clark County Nevada Coroner determined.

His cause of death is officially listed as ischemic cardiomyopathy, which occurs when the heart becomes unable to pump sufficient blood through the rest of the body due to a coronary artery disease.

An autopsy will not be conducted for Lewis, 91, who had a history of heart issues during his life. Lewis first suffered a heart attack in 1960 when he was 34 years old, and suffered at least two more in 1982 and 2006.

He also battled prostate cancer, Type 1 diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis and viral meningitis in his lifetime, and suffered a major back injury during a fall at a Las Vegas performance in 1965 that almost paralyzed him.

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Youthful promotional portrait of American actor and comedian Jerry Lewis in his late teens.

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Jerry Lewis as Junior Jackson in the 1951 comedy That's My Boy.

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Wilbur Hoolick (Jerry Lewis) and Skeets (Mitzi McCall) dance during a scene from the 1955 comedy You're Never Too Young.

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Jerry Lewis, US actor and comedian, wearing a red and black checked jacket over a yellow shirt, circa 1955.

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Comedian Jerry Lewis plays department store clerk Norman Phiffier in the 1963 comedy Who's Minding the Store?.

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Anita Ekberg and Jerry Lewis in Frank Tashlin's 'Hollywood or Bust'.

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American comedian Jerry Lewis, circa 1960.

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American actor Jerry Lewis on the set of the TF1's afternoon news, hosted by Yves Mourousi.

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Actor Jerry Lewis attends his book signing of Jerry Lewis 'Jerry Lewis In Person' on October 6, 1982 at Caldors in Yonkers, New York.

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Actor Jerry Lewis and wife Sandee Lewis attend New York Friar's Club Tribute Honoring Barbara Walters on May 14, 1988 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.

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US humorists and comedian Jerry Lewis and US singer, actor, and dancer Sammy Davis Jr pose on May 15, 1988 before the New York Friars Club Tribute to Barbara Sinatra, wife of singer Franck Sinatra. Jerry Lewis will perform in Olympia, Paris, to raise fund against myopathy. Born in 1926, Jerry Lewis appeared in about fifty films in the 50s and 60s such as 'My friend Irma' with Dean Martin and directed different films such as 'the Nutty Professor'. In the 70s he mainly acted in TV shows and the theater.

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American actor, comedian and writer Jerry Lewis in Las Vegas, circa 1989.

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Actor Jerry Lewis and daughter Danielle Lewis attend Broadway Stars 'First Ball' Benefit on May 4, 1995 at Central Park in New York City.

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Actors Jerry Lewis and Jerry Seinfeld perform during the 2000 telecast of The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in Los Angeles, California. This Labor Day marks the 37th year for the telethon that aids those affected by neuromuscular diseases.

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Jerry Lewis during Jerry Lewis Photocall - June 1, 2000 at StarCity in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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ATAS Chairman and CEO Dick Askin (L) and the recipient of the 2005 Governors Award comedian Jerry Lewis pose in the press room with his award during the 2005 Creative Arts Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on September 11, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

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Entertainer Jerry Lewis gives the keynote address at the opening session of the Video Software Dealers Association's annual home video convention at the Bellagio July 26, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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George Carlin, Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Diller and Shelley Berman at The Comedy Festival.

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Jerry Lewis in Berlin

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Actor Jerry Lewis recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and wife SanDee Pitnick and daughter Daniele Lewis attend the 81st Annual Academy Awards Governor's Ball held at Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actor Eddie Murphy presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Jerry Lewis during the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actor Jerry Lewis speaks during 'The Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis' panel during the Encore portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actor Jerry Lewis(L) and Richard Belzer attend 2012 SASS Foundation Gala Dinner Honoring Jerry Lewisat Three Sixty on November 16, 2012 in New York City.

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Musician Michel Legrand, actress Kerry Bishe and actor Jerry Lewis attends the photocall for 'Max Rose' at The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2013 in Cannes, France.

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Director Martin Scorsese, comedian Jerry Lewis, and actor Robert De Niro attend 'The King of Comedy' Closing Night Screening Gala during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2013 in New York City.

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Actor Jerry Lewis (C) at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival - Jerry Lewis Hand And Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Actor Jerry Lewis and actress/comedian/singer Carol Burnett attend The International Cinematographers Guild's 51st Annual Publicists Awards Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 28, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Comedian/actor Jerry Lewis and radio host Larry King attend the Friars Club celebration of Jerry Lewis and the 50th Anniversary of 'The Nutty Professor' at New York Friars Club on June 5, 2014 in New York City.

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Actor Jerry Lewis and Director Martin Scorsese attend the Friars Club Honoring Martin Scorsese With Entertainment Icon Award at Cipriani Wall Street on September 21, 2016 in New York City.

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Jeff Ross, Jerry Lewis, Richard Belzer and Jim Carrey attend 90th Birthday Of Jerry Lewis at The Friars Club on April 8, 2016 in New York City.

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Cast member Jerry Lewis poses during a photocall for the film "Max Rose" at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 23, 2013.

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Lewis was surrounded by his family at his Las Vegas home when he died on Sunday. His family issued a statement shortly after his death saying he had "passed away peacefully" of "natural causes."

The comedian's death was mourned by fans and members of the entertainment industry, including actor Robert De Niro, who memorialized Lewis as "a pioneer in comedy and film."

"And he was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years," De Niro wrote in a statement. "Even at 91, he didn't miss a beat... Or a punchline. You'll be missed."

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