Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis suffers stroke

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the most prominent figures in the early days of rock music, is now recovering after suffering a minor stroke.

"Last night, Jerry Lee Lewis suffered a minor stroke", reads a Friday night post on his official Facebook page.

Lewis, nicknamed "The Killer", is scheduled to perform at the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April, and his publicist said he has plans to soon record a gospel album.

"His family requests privacy at this time", Farnum added. "Well wishes and prayers are greatly appreciated", said a web statement. "He's a devout Christian", Farnum told the paper.

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Born in Louisiana, Lewis began his career at the famous Sun Records, which also played a key part in the careers of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

With tracks like "Great Balls Of Fire" putting his name on the map, Lewis undoubtedly became one of the most in-demand performers of the time, famed for his passionate live performances and energetic songs.

Controversy over the revelation of Lewis' marriage to his then 13-year-old once-removed first cousin Myra Gale Brown got him blacklisted from the airwaves and concert stages in 1958.

A star in Lewis's honour was unveiled on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1989, the same year that a film chronicling his life - starring Dennis Quaid as the rocker - was released.

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