The rock ‘n’ roll world has lost one of its founding fathers.
Singer-songwriter and music legend Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90 on March 19. The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri released a statement on their Facebook page, confirming the legend’s sudden passing.
Authorities responded to a medical emergency at 12:40 p.m. on March 18, where they found Berry unresponsive. Despite lifesaving measures, the team could not revive the Missouri native, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Known as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most influential stars, Berry broke onto the music scene in the mid-1950s during a time when segregation of colour was big in America, with hits like “Maybelline,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Johnny B. Goode” and “Rock and Roll Music.”
Upon opening in 1986, Chuck Berry was one of the first artists to be inaugurated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, known for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” In 1984, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Music was always the pinnacle of Berry’s life, even well into his later years. Last October, Chuck Berry announced that he would release his first studio album in 38 years sometime this year.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones at this time.