Jerry Lewis Sydney show canceled because of illness

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 24, 2011 5:18 PM
Jerry Lewis Sydney show canceled because of illness

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran entertainer Jerry Lewis was forced by "poor health" to cancel a benefit show on Friday near Sydney, Australia, according to a muscular dystrophy foundation sponsoring the event.

Lewis, 85, fell ill while visiting Australia on a fund-raising tour that also included a performance at a gala dinner for 250 people in Brisbane on Wednesday night, said a statement posted on the website of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Australia.

The foundation said Lewis had been slated to perform for a sold-out show on Friday at the Rooty Hill RSL, an entertainment and dining club in the suburbs of Sydney. But "in unforeseen circumstances, Jerry was not well enough to take the stage," foundation CEO David Jack said in the statement.

No details of his illness or condition were immediately available.

Lewis, the zany comedian and actor who has starred in over 45 films during a career spanning five decades, announced in May that he was retiring this year as host of his annual Labor Day holiday telethon for muscular dystrophy research in the United States.

He is slated to make his final appearance on that show in September.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Jill Serjeant)