Little Richard is dead: One of the pioneers in Rock n Roll, Little Richard has passed way at the of 87, his family confirmed to the public.
Richard’s bass guitarist, Charles Glenn, told celebrity news website TMZ the singer had been ill for two months. He said Richard died at his Tennessee home, with his brother, sister and son beside him.
Little Richard’s hits included Good Golly Miss Molly, which made the UK charts in 1958. The Beatles, Elton John and Elvis all cited him an influence.
His other well-known songs include Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally.
The singer, born in Georgia as Richard Wayne Penniman, was among the first group inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
The star, who sold more than 30 million records worldwide, was known for his exuberant performances, shrieks, raspy voice and flamboyant outfits. He had his biggest hits in the 1950s.
Paying tribute after news of his death emerged, Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers said it was “the loss of a true giant”.
Little Richard was one of 12 children, and said he had started singing because he wanted to stand out from his siblings.