With the official reports of rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis’ death, music executives, musicians, Hollywood figures and fans have all expressed their condolences online.
Dennis Quaid, who starred as Lewis in the 1989 musical biopic “Great Balls of Fire!” released a statement expressing the timelessness of their music.
“Jerry Lee was a Christian, an American icon, and the world’s greatest pianist,” Quaid wrote. “People will be listening to ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and ‘Whole Lot of Shakin’ in 500 years. I will miss him. God bless you Jerry Lee.
The Marshall Tucker Band, meanwhile, published a statement on Twitter, recalling an encounter that showed how full of life Lewis was.
“We are so sorry for the loss of Jerry Lee Lewis…The Killer. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” wrote Doug Gray and the band. landing at the same airport in Nashville. He got off his plane and complimented our jet. We complimented him…then he wanted to swap planes and fly away!
“We were all a little drunk. That didn’t happen, of course,” the statement continued. “They pilots didn’t have it! It was pretty hilarious at the time. He was a man who never wanted to stop…until now…God bless JLL and his family!
“The killer. The best. The wildest. The one who changed rock and roll. And country. And influenced a whole bunch of pianists,” wrote Eric Alper, SiriusXM host and music publicist. “Jerry Lee Lewis has passed away at the age of 87. Long live Jerry Lee Lewis.”
Lewis, known for hits like “Great Balls of Fire,” “Crazy Arms” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” died Friday at the age of 87.
“Judith, his seventh wife, was by his side when he passed away at his home in Desoto County, Mississippi, south of Memphis,” his rep Zach Farnum said in a statement. “He told her, in his last days, that he welcomed the afterlife and was not afraid.”
Lewis’ death was erroneously reported earlier this week by TMZ.
Read below for more memories and tributes to the “Great Balls of Fire” singer.