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American recording artist, singer and musician Little Richard performing live, UK, 27th June 1975. (Photo by Angela Deane-Drummond/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The iconic Little Richard has died at 87 years old and was confirmed to Rolling Stone by his son, Danny Penniman. 

A cause of death was not disclosed.

Little Richard

Richard’s music, stage presence and fashion have long influenced countless generations of musicians, from Elton John to Prince. Some of his biggest hits, including “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Lucille,” and “Good Golly Miss Molly,” were the building blocks of rock and roll.

Enjoy one (amongst many) of his hits that always put a smile on our face, below…

Little Richard - Slippin' and Slidin' (Peepin' and Hidin') (1957) [Digitally Remastered]

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Richard’s decades-long and massively influential career saw him receive some of the music industry’s biggest honors including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 and being part of the first induction class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans.

Rest in heaven, Richard.

With 10+ years in the radio industry, Tracy Marie has worked in marketing, promotions, digital, programming and production. She is currently Digital Program Director with Beasley Media Group, and can be heard on-air, Sundays 10-3pm. Follow her on Instagram @ItsTracyMarie