Little Richard Laid to Rest in Private Funeral Attended by Family, Close Friends and Former Band Mates

"It's amazing today, after all of these years, to see their love for him, and his love for them," Pollard said of Richard's band members present at the ceremony, who were given a round of applause, the footage shared on Facebook showed.

"Individually, and collectively, he would do just above and beyond to show he loved and cared for each one of us," one of Richard's former bandmates told WAFF 48 after the ceremony.

"Every conversation, I learned something," another bandmate said. "Even when I didn't call to learn anything."

Richard's agent of 40 years, Dick Alen, told PEOPLE in a statement on May 9 that the singer had died.

"Little Richard passed away this morning from bone cancer in Nashville. He was living with his brother in Nashville," statement said.

"He was battling for a good while, many years," Alen said. "I last spoke to him about two or three weeks ago. I knew he wasn’t well but he never really got into it, he just would say 'I’m not well.' He’s been suffering for many years with various aches and pains. He just wouldn’t talk about it much."

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