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Jerry Lee Lewis, 83, Suffers Stroke In Memphis

Jerry Lee Lewis Suffers Stroke
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Mar. 2 2019, Published 3:22 p.m. ET

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Rock and roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis has suffered a health setback.

The 83-year-old "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" singer's Facebook page announced that he's had a stroke.

"Last night, Jerry Lee Lewis suffered a minor stroke. He is with his family, recuperating in Memphis and the doctors expect a full recovery," the page said.

Calling the star by his nickname, the page added, "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. His family requests privacy at this time. Well wishes and prayers are greatly appreciated."

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Lewis is still scheduled to perform at the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April 2019.

Lewis, known for his energetic rockabilly piano playing that made him one of rock's pioneers starting in the 1950s, has gone through years of controversy.

He's currently married to his seventh wife.

Fans were shocked when he made "child bride" and cousin Myra Williams his third wife.

Williams claimed to the National ENQUIRER a few years ago in an exclusive interview that the rocker had been abusive during their scandalous marriage.

"Jerry slapped me around. In his mind, it was not abuse. I got over the bitterness. I forgave Jerry. Now his lifestyle has caught up with him. And he has no privacy," she contended.

He's had other family trouble. As Radar reported, in 2017, the star sued his daughter and son-in-law, accusing them of abusing him and stealing his millions.

But the suit was thrown out of court.

According to the ENQUIRER sources, Lewis has lived under the thumb of his seventh wife, Judith Brown.

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