Legendary musician Chuck Berry dies at 90
Legendary rock n’ roll pioneer passes away aged 90 after creating hits including Johnny B Goode and Roll Over Beethoven.
St. Charles County Police confirmed they responded to a ‘medical emergency’ at his home near St. Louis, Missouri, at 12.40pm on Saturday.
He was found unresponsive and first responders desperately tried to perform a number of lifesaving techniques.
But the Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode singer could not be revived and he was pronounced dead at 1.26pm.
Although Elvis Presley was called the king of rock’n’roll, that crown would have fit just as well on the carefully sculpted pompadour of Charles Edward Anderson Berry.
He was present in rock’s infancy in the 1950s and emerged as its first star guitarist and lyricist.
He leaves behind his wife Toddy and four children.
Tributes have tonight poured in for the music legend after the news broke earlier this evening.
American singer, Huey Lewis, of Huey Lewis and the News, said: ‘Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever – Huey.’
Meanwhile, songwriter Carole King, posted online: ‘RIP Chuck Berry.’
A number of celebrities have tweeted to pay their respect to the musical legend, including One Republic, Stephen King, George Takei and John Stamos.
He was a monumental influence on just about any kid who picked up a guitar with rock star aspirations – Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen among them.