Chuck Berry has died age 90. St. Charles County, Missouri police responded to a medical emergency at a home where they found Berry unresponsive. They administered lifesaving techniques but sadly were unable to revive him.
The rock pioneer recorded hits like "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Maybellene." His work influenced everyone from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones to The Beach Boys and many others. He was rightfully one of the first performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Chuck also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors and Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.
On his 90th birthday in October, Chuck announced plans to release an album in 2017, his first in 38 years. No word on if it will still hit shelves.
Chuck played music until the end of his life, performing gigs at his hometwon club
Berry scratched his musical itch by playing dates at his hometown club BlueBerry Hill and paid the bills with gigs at rock and blues festivals at home and abroad. The star was hard to handle, and the shows were carelessly played more often than not, but his legend saw him through professionally until the end of his life. Berry collapsed on stage in the middle of a New Year’s Day 2011 concert at Chicago’s Congress Theater.
He leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry and four children.