On official social media account, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has penned down a lengthy open letter to show his feelings and thoughts about the legendary rock veteran, Little Richard. 

Today, rock and metal communities are mourning after the death of the father of rock music, Little Richards. Danny Penniman, who is the son of Little Richard, confirmed his death but not mentioned the cause of death yet.

Michael Anthony has posted one of the iconic photos of Little Richards and wrote:

“We’ve lost one of the pioneers of rock and roll today. Little Richard set the tone for a generation of musicians to follow. Long Tall Sally, Rip it Up, Lucille, Good Golly Miss Molly, and Tutti Frutti were just a few of his songs that rocked!

I never had the chance to see him live, but this man could throw it down, and throw it down HARD!! RIP little Richard, and thank you for what you helped to create… “

Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son Jason commented:

“I got the pleasure to meet this man ❤️ Dad loved him.”

A fan named Jimmy said:

“The original glam rocker. Man, he could tear it up! Always thought I could hear a bit of influence in Roth’s yells in your guys’ music, too. (Feel Your Love Tonight, etc) Now it’s down to one… Jerry Lee”

Another Instagram user said:

“So sad!!! A true legend and pioneer. He and Jerry Lee Lewis along with others of that era truly set a blazing trail for musicians to follow. If you don’t think their influence is still felt today you don’t know music!!!! May he rest in peace.”

See the Instagram post below.