Published:  12:00 AM, 18 March 2017 Last Update: 11:00 AM, 19 March 2017

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry dies

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry dies  Chuck Berry: File Photo

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has died aged 90, police inthe US state of Missouri report.

The singer was found unresponsive at lunchtime on Saturday,St Charles County police said.

Berry's seven-decade career boasted a string of hits,including classics Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode.

He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and wasamong the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

n a statement on Facebook, the St Charles County PoliceDepartment said they were called to reports of an unresponsive man at 12:40local time (17:40 GMT).

"Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not berevived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26pm," the statement continued.

"The St. Charles County Police Department sadlyconfirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendarymusician Chuck Berry."

High-profile musicians were quick to pay tribute to Berry'stalent and influence.

Motown legends The Jacksons tweeted: "Chuck Berrymerged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock'n'roll. In music, hecast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck."

Singer-songwriter Huey Lewis described him as "maybethe most important figure in all of rock and roll".

"His music and influence will last forever," headded.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr quoted one of Berry's own lyricson Twitter, saying: "Just let me hear some of that rock 'n' roll music anyold way you use it."

"I am playing I'm talking about you," he wrote.

Both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones covered Berry'ssongs, as did The Beach Boys and scores of other acts - including Elvis.

"If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name,"John Lennon once said, "you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones said that Berry "litup our teenage years and blew life into our dreams".

Singer Bruce Springsteen called him "a giant for theages".

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