Fans of rock ‘n’ roll icon Little Richard have been flooding the internet with fond memories of the musician who died Saturday from bone cancer, including director Ava DuVernay, who recalled the late artist tipping her $100 every week while she worked as a waitress 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” filmmaker tweeted following news of Richard’s passing. “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.”
Richard’s agent of 40 years, Dick Alen, confirmed the star’s passing 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 said in a statement. “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.”
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