Saturday, November 15, 2003
Las Vegas Jerry Lewis has been hospitalized for several weeks trying to wean himself from a steroid medication he took for a life-threatening respiratory condition, his manager said Friday.
The 77-year-old comedian was trying to recuperate and strengthen his lungs at an undisclosed Las Vegas hospital as he stopped taking prednisone for pulmonary fibrosis, manager Claudia Stabile said.
The medication caused him to gain so much weight that his body was noticeably bloated in recent years.
"The important thing is he's fine and I would say in a few months he's going to be active again in the business," agent Jeff Witjas said. "He's slimming down to his normal weight. This is all a good thing."
Stabile said the hospitalization was designed to improve his condition, but she didn't know if he would switch to an alternative drug for treating the illness after stopping prednisone.
Candi Cazau, spokeswoman for Lewis and the Orleans hotel-casino in Las Vegas, said Lewis entered the hospital voluntarily on Oct. 13, and expects to be out in time for a March 4 show planned at the Orleans.