Comic legend Jerry Lewis suffered a health scare last night, collapsing at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York where he was scheduled to present Tom Cruise with an award at a Friar’s Club Event. Lewis, who is now 86 years old, was to have presented Cruise with the Entertainment Icon Award, previously given to celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant, but the famous funnyman fell ill just before the Friars Club proceedings began. Lewis collapsed from what is believed to be a low blood sugar level, and was rushed to an area hospital. Lewis is said to be doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.
Besides presenting the award to Cruise, Lewis himself was to have recieved the prestigious Applause Award. Ceremony host Alec Baldwin told the audience of Lewis’ hospitalization, but added that Lewis would be fine.
Lewis has suffered a number of health issues in his life, including heart complications, type 1 diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis. Nearly a year ago, Lewis parted ways with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, ending a 44 year relationship with the organization for which he hosted the annual Labor Day Telethon, for which he helped raised a combined 2.6 billion dollars.