Bob Dylan, Elton John, Mick Jagger & More React to Little Richard's Death

Musicians and celebrities are paying tribute to rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard, who has died at the age of 87.

Artists like Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Steven Van Zandt, Gene Simmons and many more are mourning the loss of the high-pompadoured singer, songwriter and pianist, whose explosive performances set early rock n' roll afire.

"He was there at the beginning and showed us all how to rock and roll," The Beach Boys' Wilson tweeted Saturday (May 9). "He was a such a great talent and will be missed. Little Richard’s music will last forever."

Over his seven-decade-plus career, Richard recorded and performed classics like "Tutti Frutti," "Good Golly, Miss Molly," "Long Tall Sally," and "Rip It Up." He often referred to himself as "the architect of rock n' roll."

"I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved," Dylan wrote. "He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do."

Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis also paid his respects to Richard, calling the late icon "one of a kind."

“It is with a heavy heart that I ask for prayers for the family of my lifelong friend and fellow Rocker ‘Little Richard,’" Lewis said in a statement. "He will live on always in my heart with his amazing talent and his friendship! He was one of a kind and I will miss him dearly. God Bless his family and fans. Rest In Peace, my friend."

See more reactions below to Little Richard's death from John Legend, Paul McCartney, Bettle Midler, Chance the Rapper and Iggy Pop.

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Statement from Keith Richards:

“So sad to hear that my old friend Little Richard has passed. There will never be another. He was the true spirit of Rock’n Roll.”

Statement from Pat Boone:

“Richard and I are brothers, musically and spiritually. I had million-selling records of his early R&B hits which weren’t known on Pop radio…and he credited me with helping him cross over to the larger market—but way more than that, we knew we were Christian brothers and we celebrated that. I look forward to seeing him again before too long.”

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