Rest in peace.
Chuck Berry, a rock ‘n’ roll legend, has passed away. Local police in Missouri confirmed that he died on Saturday, March 18 at 90 years old.
“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry,” read a statement from the police department.
Police explained that they found Chuck unresponsive at around 12:40 p.m. when they responded to a medical emergency at his home. First responders tried to revive him and he was pronounced dead less than one hour later. His family took to Chuck’s official Facebook page to release a statement regarding his death.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry — beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather — passed away at his home today at the age of 90,” the statement read. “Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Chuck is often referred to as the father of rock ‘n’ roll, and he helped define the genre. He had a slew of consecutive hits in the 1950s — including 1955’s “Maybellene,” 1956’s “Roll Over Beethoven,” 1957’s “Rock and Roll Music,” and 1958’s “Johnny B. Goode.” His work on his preferred instrument would later earn him the title of a guitar god and he heavily influenced the biggest names in rock today — and many of them took to social media to pay tribute to the late musician.
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
“Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived,” Bruce Springsteen wrote on Twitter. “This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages.”
“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,” Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones, tweeted. “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.”