Chuck Berry, a legend of rock and roll, passed away in St. Charles County, Missouri today (March 18). He was 90 years old.
Berry was crucial in the development of the popular musical genre beginning in the 1950s and released hits like “Johnny B. Goodie,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Rock and Roll Music” during his tenure as a musician.
His death was confirmed by the St. Charles County Police department, however a cause of death hasn’t yet been made public. First responders found an unresponsive Berry and immediately administered lifesaving techniques, according to the St. Charles County Police Department Facebook page. He was unable to be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.
Chuck Berry’s family have requested privacy during this trying time. BET’s thoughts go out to the Berry family. We will keep you updated on this story as it develops.
View reaction to Berry's passing from the music world below.
RIP Chuck Berry— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) March 18, 2017
Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll Legend. pic.twitter.com/43aG0n2J6k
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
R.I.P. To the father of ROCK N ROLL the genius CHUCK BERRY ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾Johnny be good— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) March 18, 2017
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. God bless Chuck Berry Chuck 😎 pic.twitter.com/XmwmaGzGpL— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 18, 2017
The greatest rock and roll lyricist ever has passed away at 90— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry rest in peace.
RIP CHUCK BERRY— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever. - Huey— Huey Lewis (@Huey_Lewis_News) March 18, 2017
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