Confirmation of the iconic actor's death came by way of John Katsilometes, a columnist for the Las Vegas Review Journal, who is said to have spoken with the actor's family. Most recently, he'd appeared in the 2013 movies Max Rose and Till Luck Do Us Part 2, as well as the 2016 film The Trust.
After their split in 1956, Lewis starred in a slew of hit films such as The Nutty Professor, Cinderfella and The Bellboy.
"Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film", his King of Comedy co-star, Robert De Niro, said in a statement.
Celebrities from Whoopi Goldberg to Patton Oswalt have paid tribute to the legendary comedian on Twitter. Whoopi Goldberg called it "a gain for heaven, but big loss for comedy".
He would attribute his incredible stardom to his childlike attitude toward the world.
"People say, 'How would you like to be remembered?' I don't want to be remembered". The gag became enough of a hit that Lewis' comedy career started to take off, and as he Lewis started booking more gigs on the road, Lewis crossed paths with a young Dean Martin. "I am because he was!" Jerry Lewis will be missed. I had the honor of working with him, and it was an experience I'll always treasure.
Jerry Lewis, whose irrepressible zaniness and frantic creativity vaulted him to stardom as a comic movie star who wielded unparalleled green-light power at Paramount in the 1960s, died Sunday.
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Cazau told Radar, "He had a great life".
In his teenage years, Lewis dropped out of school to perform different acts in New Jersey, including burlesque and vaudeville.
He and Martin had a popular nightclub act which landed them first on TV, then in feature films, giving them household name recognition.
Lewis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts.
In his later years, however, he courted controversy with racist and misogynistic jokes, and in 2007 he was forced to apologise after making an anti-gay slur during a telethon. "I stayed that way".
By 15 he had dropped out of high school to pursue a career in show business, though he soon found it more hard than he'd expected, working as a theater usher to make ends meet. "It's a wonderful place to be", he explained, according to the BBC.