Los Angeles (Reuters): Comedian Jerry Lewis is back home in San
Diego after spending a week in the hospital undergoing treatment
for a minor heart attack and a case of pneumonia, his publicist
said. The 80-year-old entertainer was released from the hospital on
Saturday and is recuperating aboard the yacht in San Diego where he
makes his home during the summer, his Las Vegas-based spokeswoman
Candi Cazau told Reuters. ''He is doing remarkably well,'' Cazau
said, adding that Lewis remains on medication for a ''mild case''
of pneumonia but has kept busy preparing for the annual benefit he
hosts for muscular dystrophy research in early September. ''He is
up and around and conducting business for his telethon from his
yacht,'' she said.
Lewis fell ill on June 11 near the end of a cross-country
commercial airline flight from New York City and was taken to an
undisclosed hospital after his plane landed in San Diego. While
hospitalized, the veteran performer underwent an angiogram that
determined he had a clogged artery, and doctors inserted a shunt,
Cazau said. Although the early September telethon is going on as
scheduled, a Lewis' four-night comeback appearance next month at
the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has been canceled, she
said. However, Lewis is pressing ahead with plans to transform his
classic comedy film The Nutty Professor into a stage
production that he hopes to premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in
San Diego early next year and eventually take to Broadway.