Little Richard will be honored in the ultimate way following his untimely death earlier this month.
According to USA Today, the late rock singer will be remembered with a statue built outside his childhood home in Macon, Georgia. “A fund established by Friends of the Little Richard House and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia will be used to pay for the statue and a replica of Little Richard’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” the outlet reported.
A representative from the fund, James Beverly, explained that the effort will also be used to support “organizations that provide music education to low- and moderate-income students across Bibb County and Middle Georgia.” As for the team, they announced that they are aiming for a Dec. 5 deadline in honor of what would have been Little Richard’s 88th birthday. “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,” Friends of the Little Richard House board member Antonio Williams said.
On May 9, the late singer’s former agent confirmed the devastating news in a statement to PEOPLE. “Little Richard passed away this morning from bone cancer in Nashville. He was living with his brother in Nashville,” Alen told the outlet. “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 his death, Little Richard’s music streams increased by 2,228%, according to Billboard. Within a two-day span, the singer’s 1950s hit “Tutti Frutti” was played 175,000 times.
Little Richard is remembered by his son, Danny Jones Penniman.