Little Richard to be honoured with statue outside childhood home, following death aged 87

Little Richard died aged 87 (Picture: Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images)

Little Richard will be remembered with the erection of a statue outside his childhood home in Macon, Georgia, following his death earlier this month aged 87.

Just a week after the musician – real name Richard Wayne Penniman-was laid to rest in a low-key funeral, it’s been reported the Friends of the Little Richard House fund and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia are paying for the tribute, as well as a replica of Little Richard’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

According to Associated Press, Antonio Williams, a Friends of the Little Richard House board member, explained: ‘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.’

Organisers of the memorial statue are hoping to have the statue installed by the late singers birthday on 5 December 2020.

During the meeting, reportedly held over Zoom, a board member read a proclamation from Macon Mayor Robert Reichert stating 5 December will be known as ‘Little Richard Penniman Day’.

It was said the fund will also be used to ‘support organisations that provide music education to low- and moderate-income students across Bibb County and Middle Georgia.’

The star passed away after battling bone cancer (Picture: Gilles Petard/Redferns)

Little Richard died on 9 May, and was buried last week at his alma mater, Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.

It’s been reported his cause of death was bone cancer.

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Ringo Starr and Jimmy Page led tributes to icon after the news of his passing.

The Beatles drummer Ringo wrote on Twitter: ‘God bless little Richard one of my all-time musical heroes. Peace and love to all his family.’

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