Jerry Lewis rushed to hospital ahead of Friars Club appearance for Tom Cruise

Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis was rushed to the hospital just before he was due on stage to hand Tom Cruise a prestigious Friars Club award, The Post reports

The 86-year-old entertainer collapsed with low blood sugar just before he was to take the stage in front of hundreds at a star-studded gala at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday night.

Lewis was due to be honored with the Applause Award, and to present Tom Cruise with the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award.

Chairman of the Friars Foundation Ambassador Joseph Zappala told the crowd that Lewis had fallen ill shortly before the event and had been taken to the hospital, but was expected to recover.

Accepting his award, Cruise later told the crowd, "I am sorry Jerry couldn't be here tonight, but I know he is going to be fine."

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Cruise, who attended with his son Connor and daughter Suri, also said he was honored to receive the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award, the club's highest honor which has previously only been awarded to three recipients -- Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.