Little Richard, a Rock ’n’ Roll pioneer Who paid the road for millions of rock and roll musicians, dies at 87.

  • The cause was cancer, according to his son, Dan Penniman.
  • Little Richard was among the first crossover artists, attracting a mix of white and black audiences.
  • Richard – whose real name was Richard Penniman – had been in poor health for several years, suffering hip problems, a stroke and a heart attack.