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Jerry Lewis

Celebrities, loved ones remember comedian Jerry Lewis

The life of famed comedian Jerry Lewis was celebrated in Las Vegas, where host Tony Orlando told funny stories in an event that was more joyous than gloomy, as the comic would have wanted.

"We lost a great one," said Orlando, who co-hosted the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon for decades. "The man who generated those laughs was Jerry Lewis. We are going to miss him. Imprint, today, every laugh he ever gave you."

Orlando spoke to more than 400 friends and family Monday.

Lewis' muscular dystrophy telethons were a Labor Day staple for more than 40 years. From the 1960s onward, the telethons raised about $1.5 billion, including more than $60...

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