Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90
Berry’s death was confirmed by the St. Charles Police Department who issued a statement Saturday explaining the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the musician’s body.
First responders were called to a medical emergency on Buckner Road, Missouri, at 12:40 pm local time, on Saturday. There, the medical team found an unresponsive man and “immediately administered lifesaving techniques”.
“Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m,” the statement read.
"The St Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry,” the police department added.
"The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement."
A renowned pioneer of Rock 'n Roll in the 50s, Berry wrote numerous hits including ‘Maybellene’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Rock and Roll Music’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1926, Berry was instrumental in combining rhythm and blues with rock and roll. John Lennon famously once said: “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’”
Berry stands at number 6 on Rolling Stone’s list of ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’, received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984, and was one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Berry was married to Themetta Berry for 68 years and the couple share four children.
"If you had to give Rock 'n' Roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry"— John Lennon (@johnlennon) March 18, 2017
John Lennon (with Chuck Berry)
Mike Douglas TV Show, 1972 pic.twitter.com/ViJtLblEwt
Chuck Berry the originator of the coolest and greatest riff on Johnny b Goode has gone but never forgotten 🎸🎸🎸🎸😲 pic.twitter.com/AWrNSaJm8k— R H (@richardh616) March 18, 2017
One of my first guitar hero's I remember as a kid, music will forever live on, Chuck Berry R.I.P.....u will be missed pic.twitter.com/Q3pqRiProR— Little Wing (@clking61) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry, an honest to God legend. pic.twitter.com/FTISoceBr9— Sports Paper (@SportsPaperInfo) March 18, 2017
Sad News!! We just lost one of the greatest American song writers and music icons of all time Chuck Berry RIP https://t.co/PwHXiznlq2— scott page (@iamscottpage) March 18, 2017
Devastated to hear about the passing of Chuck Berry. An innovator, legend, and guitar genius. 🎸 😢 pic.twitter.com/wjnacv0pcw— Students of History (@StudentsHistory) March 18, 2017