Country music legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Lee Lewis has suffered a minor stroke. The 83-year-old suffered the episode on Thursday night (2-28), but is expected to make a full recovery. Lewis is not expected to miss any touring commitments due to the health ailment, but doesn’t have a public appearance scheduled until late April.
“He is with his family, recuperating in Memphis and the doctors expect a full recovery,” says Jerry Lee’s publicist, Zach Farnum. “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. He’s a devout Christian. We’re just asking for prayers and support and privacy.”
Jerry Lee Lewis’s next public appearance is scheduled to be April 28th at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He’s also has scheduled appearances on June 8th at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, and at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on July 1st.
Though know mostly as a rock & roll icon, the career of Jerry Lee Lewis caught a second wind as a country music performer, transitioning to the genre in 1968, and logging 17 Top 10 hits and four #1’s by 1977. His name is regularly considered in the running for the Country Music Hall of Fame, who will likely announce their 2019 inductees later in March.