By the late '80s, he was back in the spotlight performing, and in 1986, Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2000, his life was played out in a historical drama called Little Richard.
Nine years later, "Tutti Frutti" was added to the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
Richard continued performing until 2016, collaborating with artists including Jon Bon Jovi and Elton John, and headlined shows across the country.
On April 28, 2016, Richard's friend Bootsy Collins wrote on Facebook in a since-deleted post that the musician was "not in the best of health" and needed "all the Funkateers to lift him up," according to Rolling Stone.
At the time, the reports were denied with Richard's lawyer William Sobel explaining that the singer was frustrated with the rumors.
"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," Richard told Sobel, according to Rolling Stone.
Richard then remained out of the spotlight, living in downtown Nashville, until his final days.
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