Comedy icon and philanthropist Jerry Lewis was transported to a Manhattan hospital Tuesday evening after collapsing at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Lewis, 86, was on hand to accept the Applause Award and present Tom Cruise with the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award at a gala when he collapsed with low blood sugar shortly before taking the stage. Lewis was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and released.
Lewis — the former celebrity ambassador of the Muscular Dystrophy Association — has been plagued by poor health in recent years. He has suffered from prostate cancer, Type 1 diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis and heart disease.
Despite the collapse, Lewis is preparing to begin three weeks of directing rehearsals for a new musical based on Lewis’ 1963 comedy The Nutty Professor.