Jerry Lewis hospitalized in Australia

Jerry Lewis listens to the final tally of donations during the 43rd annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon on Sept. 1, 2008, in Las Vegas. File, Steve Marcus,AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun

Jerry Lewis at 43rd Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon, Sept. 1, 2008, in Las Vegas.
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(CBS/AP) SYDNEY - Actor and comedy legend Jerry Lewis was hospitalized in Australia on Friday, canceling a show because of poor health, says the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia.

The actor and comedian was hospitalized but administrative assistant Violet Ostrowski at Lewis' film company in Las Vegas said the company had not received any updates on his condition.

Pictures: Jerry Lewis

The Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia said the comedian's show was sold out.

Foundation CEO David Jack apologized in a statement, saying the 85-year-old was "not well enough to take the stage." It didn't give details.

The Muscular Dystrophy Foundation in Australia is separate from the American association where Lewis serves as national chairman.

Lewis was touring the country to raise funds for the Australian foundation. The statement said he arrived in Australia on Monday and had performed Wednesday in Brisbane.

In recent years, Lewis has battled a debilitating back condition, heart issues and pulmonary fibrosis.

Lewis is the longtime chairman of the U.S. Muscular Dystrophy Association. He announced last month he was retiring as host of the Labor Day telethon that is synonymous with him.

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