Actor Jerry Lewis, 86, was hospitalized on Tuesday night after collapsing just before receiving an award at a Friars Club gala, honoring Tom Cruise.
The New York Post reports that Lewis was to present Cruise with the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award during the event at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, in New York City. However, just before Lewis was to receive the Friars Club Applause Award, himself, he collapsed, suffering from what was said to be from a low blood-sugar level.
Lewis was transported to a Manhattan hospital for treatment and was said to be fine.
Cruise meanwhile at the event told the audience during his acceptance speech, “I am sorry Jerry couldn’t be here tonight, but I know he is going to be fine.”
Lewis has suffered from a variety of illnesses and addictions related both to aging, and a back injury sustained in a comedic pitfall from a piano while performing at the Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip on March 20, 1965, which almost left him paralyzed.
Lewis has had prostate cancer, Type 1 diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis, and a decade’s long history of heart disease.
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer stepped in to present Cruise with his award.