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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."

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The life and legacy of comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian Jerry Lewis and his new bride, SanDee, are shown minutes after they were married in Key Biscayne, Fla., Sunday night, Feb. 13, 1983. Lewis married 32-year-old SanDee "Sam" Pitnick of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a Las Vegas dancer, in a small private ceremony. (AP Photo/Doug Jennings)
American actor-director Jerry Lewis, left, is shown with French Culture Minister Jack Lang, who takes a second look at the the medal after Lewis was made a Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters at a ceremony at the French Ministry of Culture in Paris, France, Jan. 13, 1984. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Jerry Lewis stands by a framed jersey of the late New York Mets manager Gil Hodges at ceremonies opening the "Gil Hodges Muscular Dystrophy Team Room" at New York University Medical Center on Monday, March 14, 1994. The jersey will be hung at the facility to commemorate the life and philanthropic work of Hodges on behalf of MD. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke)
Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis poses for a portrait at the Friars Club before his 90th birthday celebration on Friday, April 8, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
Actors Jerry Lewis, left, and Joe Piscopo clown around during a promotional photo session in New York Thuesday November 17, 1983 for NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Entertainer Jerry Lewis makes his opening remarks at the 25th Anniversary of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon fundraiser in Los Angeles, Ca., Sunday, Sept. 2, 1990. Lewis will host the 21-and-1/2 hour benefit show for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (AP Photo/Julie Markes)
FILE--In this May 23, 2013, file photo, from left, Michel Legrand, comedian Jerry Lewis and actor Kevin Pollak arrive for the screening of Nebraska at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. A publicist for Lewis says the comedian is recovering after being treated at a Las Vegas hospital for a urinary tract infection. The 91-year-old comedian was taken to the hospital on Friday, June 2, 2017, so that he could get antibiotics immediately to treat the condition. Publicist Candi Cazau says he is doing fine and is expected to be released shortly. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)
In this Aug. 24, 2016 photo, comedian Jerry Lewis reacts during an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Getting older has been frustrating. At 90, Lewis sometimes loses his train of thought and uses a cane and a wheelchair to get around. But his desire to connect with audiences, and with people, is undiminished. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Pierre, a bespectacled five-year-old chimpanzee who's trying to make a name for himself in the movies, is introduced to the banana split by comedian Jerry Lewis, a fellow actor in Hollywood, on Jan. 24, 1950 in Los Angeles. Pierre is at first, only mildly interested as Lewis takes a spoonful of banana and strawberry. Then Pierre decide it's worth a closer look and he takes a taste, with a bit of urging from Lewis. Later Pierre gobbled a whole one. (AP Photo/Frank Filan)

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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