Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis suffered a heart attack in Las Vegas on Sunday that a casino spokesperson described as “mild.”
“At present, he is under hospital care and is expected to make a full recovery,” said Candi Cazau, a rep for the Orleans hotel-casino in Las Vegas, where the 80-year-old’s scheduled July 13-16 performances have been postponed.
Lewis is also suffering from “a touch of pneumonia,” Cazau said in a statement, the Associated Press reports.
Last week, Lewis appeared healthy at a news conference in Las Vegas, where he announced that he would return to performing live for the first time in five years, following a prolonged battle with the crippling lung ailment pulmonary fibrosis.
He was also roasted by the Friars Club in New York City on Friday after being named abbot of the club. Lewis is taking over the leadership position vacant since Alan King’s death two years ago.
Despite this new health setback, Lewis’s plans to direct a version of his signature 1963 movie comedy, The Nutty Professor, as a Broadway musical by October 2008 have not been derailed, the show’s producer says.
“We support and will be by Jerry on any health issue that comes up for him as well as he would for me or Michael,” Ned McLeod of the Michael Andrew Company told the AP. “It’s not going to affect us.”