Sir Elton John believes that Jerry Lee Lewis was a “groundbreaking” musician.

The controversial star died of natural causes at the age of 87 at his home in DeSato County, Mississippi, and Elton took to social media to pay tribute to the “Great Balls of Fire” hitmaker.

Elton wrote on Instagram: “I wouldn’t be who I am today without Jerry Lee Lewis. He was innovative and exciting, and he crushed the piano. In addition, he is a brilliant singer. Thank you for your pioneering inspiration and all the rock’n’roll memories. @jerrylelewisthekiller #RIP (sic)”

Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones also paid tribute to the rock and roll pioneer.

He tweeted: “RIP JLL THE KILLER – What a man. (sic)”

Sir Ringo Starr also took to the microblogging platform to pay tribute.

Ringo, who was a member of the Beatles, wrote online: “God bless Jerry Lee Lewis with peace and love to his entire Ringo family. (yes)”

Zach Farnum, a representative for the famous star, previously confirmed that Lewis died of natural causes at home.

Zach shared, “Judith, his seventh wife, was by his side when he died at his home in Dessato County, Mississippi, south of Memphis.

“In his last days, he told her he welcomed the future and was not afraid.”

The “High School Confidential” hitmaker began his career in the ’50s, and enjoyed great success as a rock ‘n’ roll artist and later on the country scene.

Lewis, whose death was mistakenly reported by some outlets on Wednesday (26.10.22), won four Grammys in his career.

He was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.