Veteran comedian Jerry Lewis died on 20 August at the age of 91. According to a statement released by his family, The Nutty Professor star was surrounded by family and friends at his Las Vegas home when he "passed away peacefully".

The entertainment world took a major hit with the death of one of old Hollywood's most recognised rib-ticklers, and took to social media to pay their respects, mourn the loss and celebrate Lewis' extensive career in Hollywood and on the stage.

"Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years," Robert DeNiro said of his 1982 movie The King of Comedy co-star. "Even at 91, he didn't miss a beat... Or a punchline. You'll be missed."

"That fool was no dummy," fellow comedian Jim Carrey posted on Twitter. "Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was!"

Good Luck Chuck actor Dane Cook described the singer/screenwriter/director as a visionary who played a special role in his life. "A pioneer in all forms of entertainment. A charitable human. A father," he wrote. "He meant the world to me & I will forever cherish the time I got to spend with him & his family. At a dark time in my life he brought me joy.

"Jerry's daughter Danielle is the reason her dad & I got so close. I will never be able to thank her enough for putting him in my life," he added.

The White House also released a statement following the news. "Jerry Lewis kept us all laughing for over half a century, and his incredible charity work touched the lives of millions," the White House press secretary wrote.

"Jerry lived the American Dream – he truly loved his country, and his country loved him back. Our thoughts are with his family today as we remember the extraordinary life of one of our greatest entertainers and humanitarians. Thank you Jerry. You will be missed."