Chuck Berry, the pioneering rhythm-and-blues guitarist and singer who was one of rock and roll’s most influential performers, has died aged 90.
First responders called to a home in a suburb outside St Louis, Missouri, on Saturday afternoon found Berry unresponsive and were unable to revive him, according to authorities in St Charles County, Missouri.
In a statement on Facebook, the St Charles County Police Department said it “sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr, better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry”.
Berry’s jaunty, danceable songs and high-energy performances - punctuated by his signature “duck walk” - made him one of the earliest stars of the burgeoning rock and roll scene that grew out of mid-century rhythm and blues.
His first big hit in 1955, Maybellene, became one of his signature songs, carving out a place for the new sound on the saccharine pop charts of the day.