Rock and Roll pioneer Chuck Berry has passed away at the age of 90.
It's a sad week for rock 'n' roll fans everywhere as the news circulates that the musical pioneer Chuck Berry was found deceased in his home over the weekend. The legendary Missouri guitarist was 90-years-old, but so far no details have been noted on his cause of death.
RIP Chuck Berry
The St. Charles County Police Department reported on Saturday afternoon (March 18th 2017) that the rock 'n' roll hero died at his place near Wentzville after responding to a 'medical emergency on Buckner Road'.
'Inside the home, first responders observed 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,', they wrote on Facebook. 'The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry', they added. 'The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.'
Chuck Berry is largely considered one of the number one pioneers of rock 'n' roll, having influenced millions to take up their guitars and embark on landmark careers of their own. Some of those rockstars have reached out on social media with heartfelt tributes towards one of their greatest influences.
'I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us', said Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger on Twitter. 'He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others and threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing and your music is engraved inside us forever.'
I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/9zQbH5bo9V— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
'Meanwhile, Queen guitarist Brian May took to Instagram to share his thoughts. 'Rock and Roll grieves tonight as our hero Chuck Berry steps into the next world. We salute you Chuck - the greatest inspiration to us all', he said. Plus, shock rocker Alice Cooper might seem like a world away from Chuck himself, but he still recognizes him as a major inspiration. 'RIP #ChuckBerry, the genesis behind the great sound of rock n roll. All of us in rock have now lost our father', he told his Twitter followers.
Even The Boss had something to say about the legend's passing. 'Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived', lamented Bruce Springsteen. The former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr added: 'Just let me hear some of that rock 'n' roll music any old way you use it I am playing - I'm talking about you. God bless Chuck Berry.'
Perhaps one of the most surprising tributes of all was that of former President of the United States Barack Obama, who stated: 'Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him - and turned up everyone who came after. We'll miss you, Chuck. Be good.'
The rock legend is best known for hits the likes of 'Johnny B. Goode', 'You Never Can Tell', 'My Ding-a-Ling' and 'Shake, Rattle and Roll' among others. He is a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was one of the first inductees at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Chuck Berry released 19 studio albums over the course of his career, and his first posthumous release - entitled simply 'Chuck' - is scheduled to arrive later this year via Dualtone. Dedicated to his wife of 68 years Themetta 'Toddy' Berry, it was announced on the singer's birthday in October and is set to feature his own children Charles Berry, Jr. and Ingrid Berry.