Entertainment Music Iconic Musician Jerry Lee Lewis Suffers Minor Stroke The 83-year-old musician, known as "The Killer" is expected to make a full recovery, his rep told PEOPLE By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for nearly five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 1, 2019 08:55 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Jerry Lee Lewis. Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Jerry Lee Lewis, the legendary musician often referred to as “The Killer,” suffered a minor stroke this week. A representative for the 83-year-old singer tells PEOPLE that the medical emergency occurred on Thursday evening but Lewis is already on the mend and has his sights set on returning to music very soon. “He is with his family, recuperating in Memphis and the doctors expect a full recovery,” his rep Zach Farnum said. “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,” Farnum added. Lewis has spent the last year performing around the country, with his most recent appearance occurring on Feb. 16 in Greenville, South Carolina, according to his website. His next show is slated for April 28 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, with two others expected for June and July. Despite the medical emergency, Farnum told The Tennessean that Lewis’ upcoming performances would continue as scheduled and there were no plans for cancellations. Douglas Mason/Getty An Audience with the Killer: Jerry Lee Lewis Talks the Road, Drag Racing with Elvis and the Meaning of Rock ‘n’ Roll The rock pioneer first set the charts ablaze in 1957 with twin dynamos “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,” and more than 60 years later, he’s still pounding the keys before packed houses across the country. Though Lewis has scaled back his demanding performance schedule in recent years, the musician previously revealed that it’s the energy of the crowds that he thrives on during his shows — and also what keeps him going all this time. “It depends on the crowd. I feel the crowd out on the first song. I want to look into their eyes and see the emotion,” he told PEOPLE of what goes through his mind while on stage, ahead of being honored by Music City in 2017. RELATED VIDEO: Jessie J Says She Had Stroke at 18 “Sometimes the commotion, too! It always works out good either way; I give them what they want. I just love music. I’m a musical person. I live for my music,” he continued. “When I cut sessions, I go home to my little small studio, I put my records on and I play them day in and day out,” Lewis added. “I listen to my music because it’s soothing and I love it. It’s good.” “…You just can’t beat rock ‘n’ roll,” Lewis said.