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Little Richard, rock’s flashy founding father, dies at 87

New York (AFP) – Little Richard, whose outrageous showmanship and lightning-fast rhythms intoxicated crowds in the 1950s with hits like “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally,” has died. He was 87 years old.Citing the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer’s son, Rolling Stone magazine said Saturday the cause of death was unknown.Tributes quickly poured in for the late rock king, with the co-founder of Chic, Nile Rodgers, dubbing the death “the loss of a true giant.”With a distinctive voice that ranged from robust belting to howling falsetto, Richard transfixed audiences and became an inspiration for artists incl…

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