Jerry Lee Lewis

A file photo of legendary rock 'n roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, who suffered a minor stroke. 

Reports this week indicated Rock and Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis had suffered a minor stroke but was expected to recover.

His social media Twitter site put out a tweet to confirm the stroke, stating Lewis was recuperating in Memphis with his family.

According to the tweet, "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."

The post ended with the Bible verse from Jeremiah 30:17, "But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord."

None of Lewis' scheduled performance dates have been affected, according to his publicist.

DeSoto County's connections to Lewis include his ranch on Malone Road, a spread that was opened for tourists in 2017 and in June 2016 hosted an estate sale. He has made the Nesbit ranch his home for more than 40 years.

Lewis was the featured entertainer for the Front Porch Jubilee in Hernando in 2014 as one of the first inductees to the Hill Country Hall of Fame.

The last living member of the famed "The Million Dollar Quartet," a name given to Jerry Lee, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins by Sam Phillips after an impromptu jam session between the four men on Dec. 4, 1956 at Sun Studios in Memphis, Lewis was known for hits such as "Great Balls of Fire," "What Made Milwaukee Famous," "Boogie Woogie Country," and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On."

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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