Chuck Berry Has Passed Away

Rock 'n' Roll legend Chuck Berry, who was famous for such classic hits as 'Johnny B. Goode', 'Sweet Little Sixteen' and 'Roll Over Beethoven', has died at the age of 90.

The death was announced on Saturday night by the St Charles County Police Department via their Facebook page. The police said that they responded to a medical emergency of an unresponsive 90-year-old man but "unfortunately" he could "not be revived and was pronounced deceased" at 1:26pm local time on Saturday.

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

Tributes have been quickly pouring in for the pioneer of rock 'n' roll who was famed for his so-called duck walk and was once described by Bob Dylan as the "Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll".

Chuck Berry was hailed last night by Huey Lewis as "maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll". The Beach Boys' singer Brian Wilson said he was a "big inspiration”, who "will be missed by everyone who loves Rock’n’Roll".

While Ringo Starr took to Twitter to say: "RIP. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr rock’n’roll music.”

But perhaps the late John Lennon put it best when he once said: "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."

Chuck Berry, who only last year recorded his first album in almost 40 years, received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984. He was also among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

 

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