Little Richard may have serious medical issues, after legendary bassist Bootsy Collins tweeted “A friend, a legend & some say the true King of Rock & Roll. Lil-Richard needs our love & understanding right now….” last weekend.
Richard has gone through a stroke, hip surgery and a heart attack in recent years, making him reclusive in his Macon home, according to Rollingout.com. Reports are circulating that the 83-year-old’s health has deteriorated to the point where family members are staying at his bedside in an unnamed hospital.
After suffering a heart attack during a fundraising even for the Recording Academy in 2013, Richard announced he was retiring from performing.