Little Richard says taking a painkiller brought him back from the brink of death when he was having a heart attack.
Little Richard claims an aspirin saved his life.
The rock 'n' roll legend - best loved for his hit song 'Tutti Frutti' - has revealed he narrowly escaped death by popping the painkiller during a sudden heart attack last week in Nashville.
Speaking to R&B star Cee Lo Green in a public music debate held at Atlanta's W Hotel, Richard said: ''The other night, I didn't know I was having a heart attack. I was coughing, and my right arm was aching. I told my son, 'Make the room as cold as ice.'
''So he turned the air-conditioning on, and I took a baby aspirin. The doctor told me that saved my life. Jesus had something for me. He brought me through.''
The 80-year-old musical pioneer appeared to have fully recovered from the ordeal, although he had to travel from Nashville to Atlanta on a specially-equipped tour-bus fitted with a hospital bed.
The spiritually-minded star credited his Christian faith with helping him overcome many problems throughout his lengthy career and beat his addictions to alcohol and drugs.
Richard told the audience: ''God talked to me the other night. He said he's getting ready to come. The world's getting ready to end ... and he's coming, wrapped in flames of fire with a rainbow around his throne.
''When I talk to you about [Jesus], I'm not playing. I'm almost 81 years old. Without God, I wouldn't be here.''
Richard last released an album in 1992 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.