Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

Stars react to the death of rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry

Stars react to the death of rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry, one of the visionaries of rock and roll, has died at age 90, police said.

Officers responded to Berry's home outside St. Louis on Saturday afternoon and found him unconscious, the St. Charles County police said on Facebook.

Berry, whose real name was Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m.

Known as the "Father of Rock "n" Roll", Berry influenced scores of modern-day musicians and bands including the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards.

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Berry-composed hits such as "Johnny B. Goode", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Maybellene" and "Memphis" melded elements of blues, rockabilly and jazz into some of America's most timeless pop songs of the 20th century. "No color, no ethnic, no political - I don't want that, never did", Berry told the New York Times in 2003. The elements he added made rock and roll distinctive.

Rock "n" roll would sound very different without Chuck Berry's huge contribution.

In 1959 he was arrested after allegations that he had sex with a 14-year-old waitress, who he transported across state lines to work as a hatcheck girl at his club. He spent two years in federal prison. Chuck Berry was 90.

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