Jerry Lee Lewis cancels Jazz Fest appearance after suffering a stroke

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FILE – In this May 2, 2015 file photo, Jerry Lee Lewis performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Lewis has been transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation center following a stroke last month, but will have to cancel upcoming shows, including his appearance at the New Orleans Jazz […]

(CNN Newswire)- Jerry Lee Lewis has been transferred to a rehabilitation center after spending two weeks in the hospital following a stroke, his publicist, Zach Farnum said.

“Jerry Lee Lewis is expected to fully recover with aggressive and intensive rehab,” Dr. Rohini Bhole, Lewis’ neurologist, said. “From what I have seen thus far, he is heading in the right direction.”

Lewis will cancel three upcoming appearances — including one on April 28 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer greatly appreciates the prayers and well wishes he’s received from fans all over the world,” his publicist said. “He wants them to know he can’t wait to get back on stage and into the studio to make his Gospel record.”

Lewis, 83, is best known for his 1950s rockabilly hits “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”

Born in Louisiana, he taught himself to play the piano at age 9 and a few years later, gave his first public performance.

In 1986, he was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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