Few names in music history stand out as vividly as Little Richard’s. His dynamic performances, colorful manner, and addictive tunes established him as a true pioneer of rock & roll. But on that terrible day, a legend departed from the stage for good.
In this article, we look into the circumstances surrounding Little Richard’s death, investigating the cause of death and paying tribute to a musical legend’s enduring legacy.
What Was Little Richard’s Cause of Death?
Rock and Roll music pioneer Little Richard passed away at the age of 87. Richard’s son, Danny Jones Penniman, confirmed his passing.
Former bassist Charles Glenn for Richard also provided confirmation of his passing. Little Richard passed away at his Tennessee home in the company of his brother, sister, and son. Bill Sobel, the musician’s lawyer, told Rolling Stone that Little Richard died of bone cancer.
Richard passed away after two months of illness, according to Charles Glenn. On March 27, he claimed to have last spoken with Richard. Glenn refused Richard’s request for a visit because of the coronavirus pandemic.
After having a heart attack and a stroke in 2013, Richard passed away. He admitted using baby aspirin as self-medication, and his doctors told him that the drug may have saved his life.
Richard, though, was convinced that divine intervention saved his life. Richard, who had hip issues in the past, underwent hip replacement surgery in 2009.
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Twitter is Flooded With Condolences
Fans and musicians have been paying respect to the rock superstar on social media platforms such as Twitter.
In the world of music, it doesn’t get much better than Little Richard.
We have lost a musical giant.
Thank you for the joy and passion that your music brought to us all. May you rest in power.https://t.co/da5ulArmMD
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 9, 2020
God bless little Richard one of my all-time musical heroes. Peace and love to all his family. 😎✌️🌟❤️🎵🎶💕☮️ pic.twitter.com/H2lzKbX3tm
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) May 9, 2020
Inside Little Richard’s S*xuality
Little Richard’s s*xual orientation has been the subject of considerable misunderstanding. He adopted an androgynous appearance while performing, complete with an artfully done hairdo and a full face of cosmetics.
The “Tutti Frutti” singer had one leg that was shorter than the other, probably as a result of birth problems. He consequently had an odd gait that his relatives referred to as effeminate.
Little Richard was raised in a very strict religious environment. He had multiple preaching uncles while growing up in Macon, Georgia with his eleven siblings. At the age of 13, he was forced to move out of his parent’s house after being accused of being gay by his father, a deacon at his church who was already ashamed of his son’s birth deformities.
Little Richard later came to terms with being gay. But in interviews and writings, he would eventually deny having any connection to the LGBTQ community.
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