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Legend Jerry Lee Lewis dies at 87

Jerry Lee Lewis, the notorious singer behind Great Balls of Fire, has died at the age of 87.

His agent Zach Farnum confirmed that Lewis passed away at his home in Desoto County, Mississippi, with his seventh wife, Judith, by his side.

The BBC reports that the last survivor of rock ‘n’ roll’s golden age was marred by scandal and violence.

His career briefly halted at aged 22, married his 13-year-old cousin Myra Gale Brown.

Zach Farnum described him as “perhaps the last true, great icon of the birth of rock’n’roll.

He was there at the beginning, with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, and the rest, and watched them fade away one by one till it was him alone to bear witness, and sing of the birth of rock’n’roll.”

Lewis pictured performing on stage at the London Rock’n’Roll Show in Wembley in 1972

Tributes have been coming from stars around the globe since the news of his death broke.

Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones led the tributes to Lewis, tweeting: “R.I.P. JLL the KILLER – What a man.”

God bless Jerry lee Lewis, peace and love to all his family,” said Beatles drummer Ringo Starr”.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai; editing by Julian Osamoto