It is a sad day in the world of music…and the world in general today.
Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has died at the age of 90, police in the US state of Missouri report. Berry was found unresponsive at lunchtime on Saturday, St Charles County police said.
Berry had a seven decade career that included an incredible amount of achievements and hit songs. Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode.
He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
In a statement on Facebook, the St. Charles County Police Department said they were called to reports of an unresponsive man at 12:40 local time (17:40 GMT).
“Unfortunately, the 90-year-old rock legend could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26pm,” the statement continued.
Famous Musicians were quick to pay tribute to Berry‘s talent and influence.
Motown legends The Jacksons tweeted: “Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock’n’roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck.”
Singer-songwriter Huey Lewis described him as “maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll”.
“His music and influence will last forever,” he added.
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr quoted one of Berry‘s own lyrics on Twitter, saying: “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,” he wrote.
The novelist Stephen King noted that Berry had a long life for a consummate rock’n’roller, tweeting: “Chuck Berry died. This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain’t bad for rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode forever.”
Rest easy Mr. Berry. Thank you for a lifetime of entertainment and soulful music.
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