Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock’n’roll, has today died at the age of 90.
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.
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Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has died at his home in Missouri, US, at the age of 90
He was found unresponsive and first responders desperately tried to perform a number of lifesaving techniques
The guitarist (pictured) was known for a number of hits, including Maybellene and Roll Over Beethoven
Chuck Berry (pictured with Michael Jackson in 1981) passed away at his home in Missouri on Saturday afternoon
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.’
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.
Bob Dylan called Berry “the Shakespeare of rock’n’roll,” and he was one of the first popular acts to write as well as perform his own songs. They focused on youth, romance, cars and good times, with lyrics that were complex, humorous and sometimes a little raunchy
A police spokesman said: ‘St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12.40pm today.
‘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.
‘The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.
The popular singer (pictured) was born in St. Louis in 1926 but was pronounced dead at his home earlier today
The rock and roll legend (pictured at Heathrow Airport, left) released his first album in 1957
St. Charles County Police Department today announced that Berry had died at his home in Missouri
‘The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.’
He was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music and was born in St. Louis in October 1926.
Berry released his first album, After School Session, in May 1957.
He went on to record a further 18 studio albums. His 20th album, Chuck, is to be released later this year.
His first number one, My Ding-a-Ling, topped the charts in 1972.