Legendary rock and roll musician Chuck Berry, who is often credited for essentially inventing rock and roll as we know it, passed away at the age of 90, reported police in his home state of Missouri.

The St. Charles County Police stated that Charles Edward Anderson Berry, commonly known as music legend Chuck Berry, was found unresponsive after emergency services came to his home, and were unable to resuscitate him.

Celebrity Responses

Tributes began to pour in after news of his death, from artists such as Sir Mick Jagger, who had stated that Berry’s music “lit up our teenage years”, Bruce Springsteen, saying that the legend had been “the greatest pure rock and roll writer who ever lived”, along with Slash, former member of rock band Guns N’ Roses, who said: “He was undisputedly the king.”

Berry, the Grammy award-winning guitarist and singer is known for his hits such as “Roll Over Beethoven”and “Johnny B Goode”announced in October on his 90th birthday that he will be releasing a brand new album- the first in 38 years. It is anticipated to be released later on this year.

Death and Legacy

A spokeswoman for the police said: “Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1.26pm.

“The St Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr, better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.

“The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”

Berry had been among the very first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1986.

“While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together.”

That line echoed a statement by musician John Lennon who had been  convinced of the impact of Berry’s music.

“If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry,'” the Beatle once stated.