Rock n' Roll legend Chuck Berry died on Saturday, 18 March 2017 at the age of 90, police in Missouri said.
Police responded to a medical emergency at a home in the area, which lies in the east of Missouri state near the city of St. Louis. First responders found an unresponsive man and were unable to revive him, the official statement said.
Berry, a guitarist and singer, was known for such hits as 'Roll over Beethoven' and 'Sweet Little Sixteen', and helped shape the genre of Rock n' Roll. Naturally his death drew emotional tributes from fellow musicians and other celebrities who praised him as a rock 'n' roll trailblazer.
Bruce Springsteen hailed Berry as the greatest rocker of all time.
"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived," Springsteen wrote on Twitter.
Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
Springsteen often cited Chuck Berry as an influence, playing back-up in the rock elder's band in the 1970s as The Boss was gaining fame. The two guitarists again collaborated in 1995 in a gala concert to open the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Singer songwriter Brian Wilson of the band Beach Boys also took to twitter.
I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing - a big inspiration! He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock 'n Roll. Love & Mercy — Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) March 18, 2017
Ringo Starr, Obama, Questlove and Kravitz also took to twitter:
R I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock 'n' roll music 😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶☮ pic.twitter.com/hS2S2lUORf
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him – and turned up everyone who came after. We'll miss you, Chuck. Be good. — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 19, 2017
Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother! https://t.co/tOMuQzUgPX
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) March 18, 2017
It started with Chuck Berry. He inspired us all. The 1st album I bought was Chuck's "Live at the Tivoli" and I was never the same. — Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) March 18, 2017
The world has lost a true pioneer with the passing of Chuck Berry, who leaves a legacy that will continue to inspire and entertain forever pic.twitter.com/7mvIkB5udT — Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) March 19, 2017
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) March 19, 2017
(With Inputs From Agencies)
Published Date: Mar 20, 2017 12:51 pm | Updated Date: Mar 20, 2017 01:01 pm