Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend & Pioneer, Chuck Berry Dead at 90

Singer-songwriter and music legend, Chuck Berry has passed away today at the age of 90. A statement was released via the Facebook page of the St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri, USA, confirming his sudden passing.

Authorities responded to a medical emergency at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, where they found Berry unresponsive. Despite taking lifesaving measures, the Missouri native could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Known as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most influential pioneers, Berry broke onto the music scene in the mid-1950s with hits like “Maybelline,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Johnny B. Goode” and “Rock and Roll Music.”

Upon its opening in 1986, Berry was one of the first artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, applauded for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” Two years prior, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is named in several of Rolling Stone‘s “Greatest of All Time” roundups and fellow icons like John Lennon and Ted Nugent have credited the late star with changing the landscape of music forever.

Music remained a pinnacle of Berry’s life well into his later years, and in October 2016 announced that he would release his first studio album in 38 years sometime in 2017.

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