On Saturday, on May 9, legendary singer and pianist Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) died in Los Angeles, USA.
He died at the age of 88. Information about the death of the “pioneer of rock and roll” was confirmed by his son Danny Penniman to Rolling Stone (see the video at the end of the news).
The cause of death of the artist is still unknown; the details of what happened to Richard’s relatives also do not disclose.
Note that Little Richard is a legendary musician who stood at the origins of rock and roll. He is considered the founding father of this musical genre, along with Elvis Presley.
Fame came to the singer in 1956 when he performed the famous hit Tutti Frutti. Other notable songs by Little Richard include Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, Lucille, Good Golly Miss Molly, and others.
From 1958 to 1962, little Richard did not perform due to a passion for religion. Returning to the tour, he, in particular, presented in the UK, where he opened up singing then unknown to the general public The Beatles.
In 1977, the singer again interrupted his musical career and turned to religion for a long time, began to preach, and perform the duties of a priest. It is noteworthy that Richard married Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, as well as other stars.
In recent years, the artist’s poor health has been reported. He was often seriously ill, could not walk on his own, and had several operations.
— Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411) May 9, 2020