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Comedian Jerry Lewis died from end-stage heart disease, according to a Nevada coroner


Updated August 21, 2017 10:06 PM EDT

Authorities in Las Vegas said legendary comedian Jerry Lewis died of heart disease, but his death certificate says otherwise.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Monday that Lewis' official cause of death was end-stage cardiac disease and peripheral vascular disease.

The hospice and palliative medicine physician who signed his death certificate, clarified, explaining that peripheral vascular disease and ischemic cardiomyopathy both fall under the category of end-stage cardiac disease.

The legendary comedian, Jerry Lewis, has died in Las Vegas at the age of 91.

Publicist Candi Cazau said the legendary entertainer died of natural causes with his family by his side.

He was born Joseph Levitch in Newark, New Jersey, and made his show business debut at the age of five. By 15, Lewis was a young star, performing regularly in Buffalo, New York.

Lewis' career took off when he teamed up with Dean Martin in the 1950s, becoming one of the most popular comedy teams of all time. Some of their biggest hits included "The Caddy," "The Stooge" and "Pardners."

Later on in his career, Lewis starred in "The Nutty Professor" and "The Bellboy."
The comedian was also known for his annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. He raised nearly $2.5 billion from 1955 until 2011, when be was booted from the telecast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In 1977, the comedian was nominated for a Nobel Piece Prize for his efforts.

Celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to Lewis and his legacy.

Lewis marries his second wife, Sandra Pitnick, in 1983 and the couple adopted a daughter together.

The Associated Press and WENN contributed to this report.

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