US comedian Jerry Lewis, famous for his role as The Nutty Professor, has died aged 91.
Lewis, who starred in slapstick comedy films during the 1950s, died at his home in Las Vegas.
"Famed comedian, actor and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side," his family said in a statement.
Lewis first became a star in a duo with Dean Martin
The actor was renowned for his ten-year partnership with Dean Martin, entertaining audiences in nightclubs, on TV and the big screen.
After their split in 1956, he starred in and directed a number of hit films.
He retired from making films in 1995 but returned as the star of 2016 drama Max Rose when he was 87.
He died with his family by his side
Later generations knew him primarily as the conductor of weekend telethons to raise funds for victims of muscular dystrophy.
Lewis starred in more than 45 films in a career spanning five decades.
He was very popular in France, and was inducted into the Legion of Honour in 1984, the country's highest award.
"The French are very visually oriented even though they are cerebral. They enjoy what they see and laugh. Then, later, they ask why," he once said.


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