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One of the founding fathers of rock & roll, Chuck Berry, has died at the age of 90.
The St. Charles County Police Department responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road around 12:40 p.m. Responders could not revive Berry. He was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m.
A statement was published on Berry’s Facebook stating that he “spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends.”
Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry October 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had announced in October that he was releasing a new album on his 90th birthday.
Chuck was set to debut in 2017.
It was his first new album in over 30 years. Berry recorded Chuck in St. Louis with his backing group and children, Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid Berry.
Berry dedicated this particular album to his wife, Themetta Berry. The couple was married for 68 years.
“My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes,” he said.
Chuck Berry is known for making rock and roll hits in the 1950s including “Rock and Roll Music,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Maybellene.”
Berry fused blues, rockabilly, and R&B together making him legendary in that genre. He also influenced other household names like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks.
He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, was recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 and was presented with Sweden’s Polar Music Prize in 2014.
Bill Clinton paid his respects to Berry in a statement. Berry performed at inauguration events for both of Bill Clinton’s presidencies.
“Hillary and I loved Chuck Berry for as long as we can remember. The man was inseparable from his music –- both were utterly original and distinctly American. He made our feet move and our hearts more joyful. And along the way, he changed our country and the history of popular music. Chuck played at both my inaugurations and at the White House for my 25th Georgetown reunion, and he never slowed down, which is why his legend grew every time he stepped on stage. His life was a treasure and a triumph, and he’ll never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to his family and his countless friends and fans,” the former president said.
Chuck Berry’s life was a treasure and a triumph, and he’ll never be forgotten. https://t.co/3Q7z0NatUd
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) March 19, 2017