Jerry Lewis Rushed to Hospital After Friars Club Collapse

by | June 13, 2012 at 9:11 PM | Celebrities, General

Jerry Lewis (Photo: Getty Images)


LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – Comedy legend Jerry Lewis was transported to the hospital Tuesday night after he collapsed at a Friars Club event in New York Tuesday night, the New York Post reports.

Lewis, 86, who was on hand to receive the Applause Award and present Tom Cruise with the Entertainment Icon Award, collapsed due to low blood sugar just before he was to go on stage at the Waldorf-Astoria and bestow Cruise with the honor.

The comedian was treated and released later Tuesday night, according to the Post.

Cruise acknowledged the incident during his acceptance speech, telling the crowd, “I am sorry Jerry couldn’t be here tonight, but I know he is going to be fine.”

A representative for the Friars Club told the newspaper, “Jerry Lewis was so sorry to miss the Icon Award presentation to Tom Cruise last night, but is feeling much better today, and is back at his hotel and thanks everyone for their good wishes.”

Lewis’ publicist has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The comedian, who has experienced health woes of late, was rushed to the hospital and forced to cancel a sold-out show in Sydney, Australia, in June.