Jerry Lee Lewis -- Through The Years Getty

Jerry Lee Lewis passed away. The celebrity website has confirmed.

"Lewis, perhaps the last true, great icon of the birth of rock 'n' roll, whose marriage of blues, gospel, country, honky-tonk and raw, pounding stage performances so epitomizes the raw, pounding stage performances of rock 'n' roll," the singer

A piano-playing legend, Jerry Lee is considered one of the first true rock 'n' Roll musicians.

Jerry Lee was a showman who was known to light his piano on fire to close a show.

Jerry Lee learned to play the piano when he was 9 years old. He had his first public performance at a local car dealership when he was 14 and his father mortgaged the family farm to buy his first piano.

Jerry Lee Lewis

After quitting school to focus on piano, he signed with Sun Studios in Memphis, jamming out with Elvis and Johnny Cash before releasing his first single.


"Great Balls of Fire" was Jerry Lee's second single and is a staple of pop culture.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Dennis Quaid portrayed Jerry in a movie.

In 1986 Jerry Lee was the first person to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in the years that followed he played a lot.

He wasn't able to attend the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony because he was sick. Kris presented the award to Jerry in person after accepting it.

A man named Jerry Lee died at the age of 87.

I am sad.