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RIP Little Richard – World Reacts To Architect Of Rock ‘N Roll

CIRCA 1957: Musician Little Richard performs onstage with his band as his saxophone player Grady Gaines stands on the piano in circa 1957 in scene from the movie 'Mister Rock And Roll.' (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


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Little Richard, is known for being a founding father of the longstanding genre of rock & roll. He was the original “rock star” who wore whose flamboyant gear and a sound that birthed a new art form. Little Richard’s influence in popular music is undeniable and the music industry knew this as he was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He died at the age of 87 as announced by his son, Danny Jones Penniman. He confirmed the pioneer’s death to Rolling Stone Magazine. The cause of death was bone cancer, the musician’s lawyer Bill Sobel told Rolling Stone.

“When I first came along, I never heard any rock & roll,” he told Rolling Stone in 1990. “When I started singing [rock & roll], I sang it a long time before I presented it to the public because I was afraid they wouldn’t like it. I never heard nobody do it, and I was scared.”

Bill Sobel, Little Richard’s lawyer for more than three decades, told the AP in an email that the musician died of bone cancer at a family home in Tullahoma, Tenn.

“He was not only an iconic and legendary musician, but he was also a kind, empathetic and insightful human being,” Sobel said.

His legend grew as the decades after his initial debut in the world of music occurred and was featured throughout the years on classic television shows such as Martin as seen below!

The performer had been in declining health for years. He suffered a heart attack in 2013 and six years earlier, while still touring, needed the assistance of a helper and a cane to reach the stage.

The world reacts to the passing of one of the greatest musicians ever in the industry.