Jerry Lee Lewis Through the Years [Pictures]
According to his publicity team, the singer had recently been dealing with a bout of the flu, which forced him to miss his Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Nashville earlier this month.
Although Lewis couldn't attend the ceremony, the honor was accepted by Kris Kristofferson on Lewis' behalf, and Kristofferson traveled to Mississippi to personally give him his medallion. In what would become his final note to fans on social media, Lewis expressed his gratitude for being inducted into the longstanding institution.
Lewis began his career in 1956 when he auditioned for Sun Records in Memphis, recording two songs with producer Jack Clement. He went on to become a session musician for other young artists at the time, including Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. He was soon introduced to Sun artist Elvis Presley, and he, Presley, Cash and Perkins once shared a famous jam session in the studio, which was released as the Million Dollar Quartet.