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  /  05.13.2020


It’s been a few days since the world lost the iconic Little Richard. Fans have been mourning the legend’s death by streaming his music.

On May 9-10, Richard’s songs drew 4.1 million on-demand US streams, according to Billboard. The total reflects a 2,228% increase from the previous two days, when his songs were played 175,000 times.

The singer’s streams from May 9-10 were led by his 1950s hit, “Tutti Frutti.” The single earned 412,000 plays on those days.

The founding father of rock passed away at the age of 87 on May 9 after a long battle with bone cancer. His agent Dick Alen confirmed the news to media outlets.

Little Richard passed away this morning from bone cancer in Nashville. He was living with his brother in Nashville,” Alen told PEOPLE. “He was battling for a good while, many years. I last spoke to him about two or three weeks ago. I knew he wasn’t well, but he never really got into it. He just would say, ‘I’m not well.’ He’s been suffering for many years with various aches and pains. He just wouldn’t talk about it much.”

Following the news of his passing, Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to share how Richard helped her when she used to waitress as a college student in Los Angeles.

“I served soul food brunch to Little Richard every Sunday for a year while waitressing at Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch in LA,” the When They See Us director tweeted. “I was a college student. He tipped me a crisp $100 bill each week on a $75 breakfast with friends. This was 30 years ago. Helped me so much. God rest his soul.”

A fan then asked DuVernay if she ever connected with Richard after she became a filmmaker. She replied, “No. I never saw him again.”



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