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Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry dies, aged 90

Legendary musician Chuck Berry has died aged 90, police have confirmed.

Tributes are pouring in for the musical icon after he passed away at his home near St Louis, Missouri, on Saturday.

A statement from St Charles County police confirmed officers responded to a medical emergency at around 12.40pm.

A statement read: “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.”

American news reporter Megan Brillos tweeted: “St Charles County PD confirm that legendary musician Chuck Berry has died.”

The American guitarist, singer and songwriter was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.

Berry was well known for hit songs including Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music and Johnny B. Goode.

The musician began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio in 1953, and his break came when he travelled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters.

After contacting Leonard Chess, of Chess Record, they went on to work together and he recorded Maybellene, an adaptation of the country song Ida Red, which sold over a million copies.

Berry claimed on The Tonight Show that he was influenced primarily by 1940s swing artist Louis Jordan.

“The main guy was Louis Jordan. I wanted to sing like Nat Cole, with lyrics like Louis Jordan with the swing of Bennie Goodman with Charlie Christian on guitar, playing Carl Hogan’s riffs, with the soul of Muddy Waters,” he said.

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