Little Richard, founding father of rock, has died at the age of 87

Posted at 10:29 AM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 10:35:48-04

Little Richard, the founding father of rock and roll, died Saturday at the age of 87.

Richard’s son, Danny Penniman, confirmed the musician’s death to Rolling Stone but said the cause was unknown.

Richard was known for 1950s hits such as “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Lucille” and “Good Golly Miss Molly.”

He is the second music legend to die on Saturday, including the death of Andre Harrell, the music executive who founded Uptown Records and discovered Sean "Puffy" Combs.

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