Rock ‘n’ roll musician Chuck Berry has died after being found unresponsive at his home, police said. He was 90.
St Charles County Police Department, in Missouri, said paramedics tried to administer “lifesaving techniques” on the singer and guitarist but he could not be revived.
Police responded to calls to a medical emergency at his home at around 12.40pm (5.40pm GMT) on Saturday.
A spokeswoman 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.”
Known as the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, he influenced scores of modern-day musicians and bands including the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards.
Songs including Johnny B Goode, Maybellene and Memphis have been much covered and taught to many a budding young guitarist.
Born in St Louis in October 1926, he attempted to emulate his musical heroes including Nat King Cole and Muddy Waters, according to the biography on his Facebook page.
He was found at his home in Buckner Road, in Wentzville, just outside his birthplace.
The music industry reacted with sadness.
Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock’n’roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck. pic.twitter.com/0TwpdDmw9e
— The Jacksons (@Jacksons) March 18, 2017
So sad to share the news of the exceptional Chuck Berry's passing…RIP Chuck…
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) March 18, 2017