Little Richard Has Died at Age 87

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - OCTOBER 17: Little Richard performs during the Eat to the Beat concert series in Epcot at Walt Disney World on October 17, 2006 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - OCTOBER 17: Little Richard performs during the Eat to the Beat concert series in Epcot at Walt Disney World on October 17, 2006 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)


Little Richard has died from bone cancer, People confirmed on Saturday. He was 87. The legendary musician, born Richard Wayne Penniman, is known as a founding father of rock and roll. Throughout his career, the singer and pianist delivered a prolific collection of hits, such as 1956's "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," and "Rip It Up," as well as 1958's "Good Golly, Miss Molly." Many of his classic tunes were covered by iconic artists, including The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, and Elvis Costello. Little Richard is survived by his son, Danny Jones Penniman.