Jerry Lee Lewis 7 wives exposed – including his 13-year-old cousin and bigamy

Jerry Lee Lewis died aged 87 with his wife Judith by his side, it was confirmed on October 28.

But aside from his legendary musical career, the Great Balls of Fire singer was known for his very controversial private life that included many romances and tragic endings.

Although he died with his beloved wife Judith, whom he is survived by, at his side, she wasn't his only wife.

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Married seven times in total, Jerry even got hitched to his first cousin once removed, Myra Gale Brown.

When the pair got wed in 1958 when Myra was just 13 and Jerry was 22 – and it's safe to say that the wedding damaged Jerry's career in a big way.

The late singer insisted that Myra was 15, but when touring in the UK following his success in 1957 with Great Balls of Fire, British newspapers discovered the the truth and revealed that she was in fact 13 at the time of their marriage.

Booed off stage in the UK and having his tour cancelled after just three gigs, Jerry went back to the states where he was also shunned.

Keeping a low profile for a number of years, he made a move from rock 'n' roll and segued to country music.

But his marriage to Myra wasn't his first – and wouldn't be his last.

His first wedding took place when he was 16 years of age.

Marrying a preacher's daughter, Jerry enjoyed a two year marriage to Dorothy Barton before the pair called time on their romance.

Just days after divorcing Dorothy, Jerry married Jane Mitchum in 1953 and the pair were together for four years – with them welcoming two children together.

Myra then married Jerry in 1957 but his divorce from Jane Mitchum was not finalised before the ceremony took place – meaning his marriage to Myra was bigamous at first, so they married officially in 1958.

After over a decade, Myra filed for divorce from Jerry In 1970, claiming that she had been "subject to every type of physical and mental abuse imaginable."

The pair had two children while married – Steve and Phoebe – but sadly Steve drowned in a pool in 1962 when he was three years old.

He then married Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate in 1971, with the pair welcoming daughter Lori before parting ways in 1982, but weeks before divorce proceedings were finalised Jaren drowned in a swimming pool at the home of a friend.

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Jerry then had a very short-lived marriage to Shawn Stephens, which only lasted for 77 days because Shawn sadly died from an overdose of methadone.

In 1984 Jerry married Kerrie McCarver, which lasted for 21 years and the pair welcomed Jerry Lee Lewis III.

In 2012 Jerry got hitched for the seventh and final time to wife Judith Lewis (née Brown) who is the former wife of the brother of Myra Gale Brown.


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