Jerry Lewis: Martin Scorsese, Jim Carrey, More Remember Comedy Legend

"That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was," Carrey writes

The entertainment community turned to social media Sunday to pay tribute to the influential comedian and actor Jerry Lewis. Credit: Stuart C. Wilson Getty Images Entertainment

The entertainment community turned to social media Sunday to pay tribute to the influential comedian and actor Jerry Lewis, who died earlier in the day at the age of 91.

Martin Scorsese, who directed Lewis in The King of Comedy, said in a statement, "Jerry Lewis was a master. He was a giant. He was an innovator. He was a great entertainer. He was a great artist. And he was a remarkable man. I had the honor of working with him, and it was an experience I'll always treasure. He was, truly, one of our greats."

Penn Jillette was among the first to comment about Lewis' death on Twitter, writing, "Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I feel apart, just sobbed. I guess it's time for that again." The Penn & Teller star later shared a photo he took with The Nutty Professor legend.

Jim Carrey, whose own comedy was heavily inspired by Lewis' style, tweeted, "That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was!"

It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis! He'll keep'em laffin in the ever after," Samuel L. Jackson wrote.

Deana Martin, the daughter of Lewis' longtime comedy partner Dean Martin, tweeted, "I'm heartbroken at the loss of our life-long friend (Uncle) Jerry Lewis. I've loved him all my life and will miss him greatly."

As many noted, Lewis' death came less than 24 hours after fellow pioneering comedian Dick Gregory died.

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