headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz belart. >> good evening, kate snow is off tonight. an american icon has died. jerry lewis passed away in las vegas today at the age of 91. he was a beloved star of the screen and stage but may best be remembered for those annual telethons to raise money for the muscular dystrophy association. lewis was passionate about that cause and the children he helped who called themselves jerry's kids. tonight, the mda said his decades of devotion can be summed up in a motto that lewis would often quote. "i shall pass through this world but once. any good, therefore, that i can do or any kindness that i can show to any human being, let me do it now. let me not defer nor neglect it, for i shall not pass this way again." tonight tributes are pouring in across the country. our miguel takes a look at his life and legacy. ♪ >> reporter: most of the public saw him only as a funnyman. >> you say you loved me, and i've loved you, living and loving. >> reporter: but jerry lewis was a lot more. during more than 60 years in show business,
"nightly news" begins right now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. >>> and good evening. thanks for being with us tonight. after what to many came off as a tone deaf response to this weekend's racist-fueled violence in charlottesville, president trump today tried to find the right notes as they took to the podium again to address the tragedy. this time calling out the kkk neo-nazis by name for sowing the seeds of hate that blossomed into bloodshed when aar c driven into a crowd left a young woman dead and moore than a dozen others injured. it was part of a horrific day that also saw two police officers killed in a helicopter accident. tonight, the president's words and actions under scrutiny as he faces a major test of moral leadership. our white house correspondent hallie jackson has the latest. >> reporter: president trump today delivering the message many wanted sooner. >> racism is evil. and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs including the kkk, neo-nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.
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