Celebrities mourn passing of icon, Little Richard

The death of Little Richard has sent the music industry reeling, with many of its most prominent names coming out to express their shock, sorrow and tribute to Rock ‘n’ Roll luminary.

Little Richard (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage for Consilium Ventures)

Among the distraught who have expressed sentiments at the icon’s passing at 87 are ‘Coffee’ singer, Kelly Rowland; Patti Labelle; Bruno Mars and Elton John. Even former US First Lady Michelle Obama chimed in pay homage to the man who she said “laid the foundation for generations of artists to follow.”

Little Richard, born Richard Penniman, passed away yesterday following a battle with cancer, according to his son Danny. He was known for his hits ‘Tutti Frutti’ and ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’, songs which helped him cement his legacy as performer and artist.

In “Life and Times”, published in 1994, Little Richard said ““I am an artist. I am a star and a creator. I am the originator of this music and these songs are classics. I am sure they were hoping that I would be dead by now, but God has given me longevity, thank and praise his holy name.”

See more tributes to the late icon below: