Rock and roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis has suffered a minor stroke, according to a statement posted on the singer’s Facebook page. Lewis is recuperating in Memphis and is expected to make a full recovery.
“The Killer looks forward to getting back into the studio soon to record a Gospel record and on the road performing live for his fans,” reads the statement. ”His family requests privacy at this time. Well wishes and prayers are greatly appreciated.
The 83-year-old, who earned the nickname “The Killer” for his stage antics and energy, is scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in May. A representative for Lewis told the Guardian that the performance is unlikely to be canceled.
Jerry Lee Lewis signed with Sun Records in 1956 and quickly became a star. His 1957 breakout song “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” was a hit on the pop, country and R&B charts. In 1986, Lewis was the first person to be inducted into the first class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.