Little Richard is 83-years-old and feeling great!
The singer recently spoke out to deny rumors he's in bad health after fellow musician Bootsy Collins told his Facebook followers on Thursday, April 28 that Little Richard isn't in the best condition.
“A friend, a legend and some say the true King of Rock and Roll. Lil-Richard needs our love and understanding right now. He is not in the best of health so I ask all the Funkateers to lift him up," Bootsy, 64, wrote in a since-deleted post on the social media platform.
Little Richard singing in 2000. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
William Sobel, Little Richard's attorney, later assured fans the "Tutti Frutti" star is healthy and quite active. "I just spoke to him today,” he told Rolling Stone on Tuesday, May 3. “He said, ‘You know, I want you to talk to [the press] because I’m really annoyed this thing started on Facebook. Not only is my family not gathering around me because I’m ill, but I’m still singing. I don’t perform like I used to, but I have my singing voice, I walk around, I had hip surgery a while ago but I’m healthy.’"
“He’s 83,” Sobel continued, adding Little Richard has been performing less since he underwent his hip surgery two years ago. “I don’t know how many 83-year-olds still get up and rock it out every week, but in light of the rumors, I wanted to tell you that he’s vivacious and conversant about a ton of different things and he’s still very active in a daily routine. I used to represent Prince and he just engaged me in all kinds of Prince conversations, calling him a ‘creative genius.’”
Glad to hear you're doing well, Little Richard!