The “Great Balls of Fire” artist’s death was announced on Friday 28 October, having been prematurely reported days earlier.
In a statement announcing his passing, representatives for the late star described Lewis as “Perhaps the last true, great icon of the birth of rock‘n’roll, whose marriage of blues, gospel, country, honky-tonk and raw, pounding stage performances so threatened a young Elvis Presley that it made him cry”.
On Instagram, John shared a photograph of himself and Lewis together, alongside a short written tribute.
“Without Jerry Lee Lewis, I wouldn’t have become who I am today,” wrote the “Crocodile Rock” singer-songwriter. “He was groundbreaking and exciting, and he pulverised the piano. A brilliant singer too.
“Thank you for your trailblazing inspiration and all the rock ‘n’ roll memories. @jerryleelewisthekiller #RIP.”
Starr, meanwhile, shared a tribute to Lewis on Twitter, writing: “God bless Jerry Lee Lewis peace and love to all his family Ringo.”
The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood tweeted: “R.I.P. JLL the KILLER – What a man.”
Novelist Stephen King wrote: “RIP Jerry Lee Lewis. The Killer has gone. He could play that piano, boy. Think I gotta play me some Lewis Boogie.”
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty wrote on Twitter: “Sad to hear of the passing of Jerry Lee Lewis. Love his music and I was hugely influenced by his records and live performances which were always full of fire and inspiration! No one could touch him! God Bless you, Jerry Lee.”
— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) October 28, 2022
Renowned for his piano-playing ability and legacy on the rock’n’roll scene, Lewis was nonetheless a highly controversial figure, having married his 13-year-old third cousin, Myra Gale Brown, at the age of 22.
Lewis also experienced multiple high-profile run-ins with the law, including in 1976 when he accidentally shot bass player Norman “Butch” Owens while playing with a firearm.
He was also arrested that same year outside Elvis Presley’s Graceland home carrying a pistol.
Lewis’s publicist stated that he died home in Desoto County, Mississippi, with his seventh wife, Judith, by his side.