Little Richard, the innovative rock music pioneer, has died aged 87
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Little Richard statue to be built outside his childhood home

A statue of the ‘architect’ of rock and roll, Little Richard is set to be created outside the musician’s childhood home in Macon, Georgia.

The musician, real name Richard Wayne Penniman, passed away earlier this month aged 87 following a sad and private battle with bone cancer.

The statue is set to be funded by Friends of the Little Richard House and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and a replica of the singer’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame according to USA Today.

The fund will also be used to “support organizations that provide music education to low- and moderate-income students across Bibb County and Middle Georgia”.

Organisers of the tribute are hoping to have the statue installed by December 5, the late musician’s birthday. Antonio Williams, a Friends of the Little Richard House board member stated: “Little Richard’s contribution to music as a whole, to all the genres of music, was monumental and very instrumental in a lot of people’s careers.”

Following his death, Bob Dylan made this poignant statement: “I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved,” Dylan wrote in a post on social media. “He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do.”

Dylan added: “I played some shows with him in Europe in the early nineties and got to hang out in his dressing room a lot. He was always generous, kind and humble. And still dynamite as a performer and a musician and you could still learn plenty from him.

“In his presence he was always the same Little Richard that I first heard and was awed by growing up and I always was the same little boy. Of course he’ll live forever. But it’s like a part of your life is gone.”

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