Rock 'n' Roll Legend Chuck Berry Dies

By | Mar 19, 2017 03:42 AM EDT
Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry on the television program The Midnight Special in 1973. (Photo : Wikimedia COMMONS)

The music community is mourning the loss of a legend as rock 'n' roll icon Chuck Berry died on Saturday in his St. Louis home. He was 90. 

At 12:40 pm on Saturday, police at St. Charles County responded to a medical emergency at Buckner Road where they found an unresponsive man. The man, later identified as Berry, did not respond to lifesaving techniques and was pronounced dead at 1:26 pm, the police department posted on its Facebook page. 

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"The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry," the Facebook post wrote. 

Berry's verified Facebook page also issued a statement, saying, "We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry - beloved husband, father grandfather, and great-grandfather - passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Though his health deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time." 

Missed by the world

Chuck Berry was dubbed as the "father of Rock 'n' Roll" and credited for developing the music of rhythm and blues to what is now known as the elements of rock and roll. With songs such as Johnny B Goode, Sweet Little Sixteen, No Particular Place to Go, Nadine, and My Ding-a-Ling, he achieved a cult following that has transcended generations. 

Berry is also known for his amazing guitar solos. 

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. "While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together." 

Rock band Rolling Stones paid tribute in a statement, "The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock 'n' roll and a massive influence on us. Chuck was not only a brilliant guitarist, singer and performer, but most importantly, he was a master craftsman as a songwriter. His songs will live forever." 

Artists are also paying tribute to Berry in a series of statements. 

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