Legendary rock-and-roll artist Chuck Berry was found dead in his Missouri home on March 18.
Berry, known for being a pioneer of the rock genre, was located by officers from the St. Charles County Police Department motionless on the floor. The department confirmed his death in a post to Facebook.
The post said that a “medical emergency” was called in by his caretaker around 12:40 p.m. on March 18. When they arrived, Berry was unresponsive on the floor. Paramedics attempted life-saving techniques on Berry, but they were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. Police have not yet revealed a cause of death.
Berry spent nearly 70 years in the music industry. He helped to redefine blues with his style by incorporating musical elements that helped influence the rock and roll genre. Berry’s created many chart-topping hits, including songs like “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music,” and “Johnny B. Goode.”
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1985 by The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. In addition, Berry has a star on Hollywood Boulevard in California, and was honored with the 2014 Polar Music Prize.
Here are some posts that musicians around the globe issued in response to Berry’s death:
Berry Played With The Beatles on Occasion & Former Member Ringo Starr Talked About His Influence
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger Spoke About How Berry Influenced Him Early On
Musician Bruce Springsteen Called Berry the ‘Greatest Pure Rock ‘n Roll Writer Who Ever Lived’
Kiss’ Gene Simmons Talked About the Respect Level He Had for Berry
Quest Love of The Roots Referred to Berry as a ‘Rock God’
Singer Rod Stewart Said Berry’s Album Was the 1st He Ever Purchased