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'I Frequently Contemplated Suicide'
Says Comedian Jerry Lewis'

Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis

'I Frequently Contemplated Suicide' Says Comedian Jerry Lewis'

by Kevin Caruso

September 14, 2004

Jerry Lewis, one the most recognizable and famous people in the world, says that he frequently contemplated suicide because of the intense physical pain that he suffered after a pratfall in 1965 that chipped his spine.

Jerry was in Washington on September 14th supporting a bill for pain centers sponsored by Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers.

The bill would establish six regional pain research and care centers run by the National Institutes of Health and would cost about $60 million.

Jerry says he is now pain free because of a pain pacemaker that was implanted in 2002. The device allows him to trigger electronic impulses through his spine, which eliminates the pain.

He also said that pain management is an emerging science and needs support.

On a lighter note, he indicated that his pacemaker doubles as a garage door opener.

We love you Jerry!

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.

Thank you.

I love you.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso

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