Members of GUNS N' ROSES, AEROSMITH, KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, TWISTED SISTER and JUDAS PRIEST are among the rock musicians and scores of other artists who reacted on social media to the passing of Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called "the Father of Rock 'n' Roll," who died Saturday at his home outside St. Louis. He was 90 years old. Berry's death was confirmed by the St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri.
Officers responded to a medical emergency at Berry's home near Wentzville, Missouri, about 45 miles west of St. Louis, around 12:40 p.m. Saturday and found an unresponsive man inside. He was declared dead shortly before 1:30 p.m. after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.
"St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18)," the police department said in a statement. "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 1:26 p.m.
"The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry."
Berry, who influenced the likes of THE ROLLING STONES and THE BEATLES, announced last year he would release his first album in nearly four decades in 2017. He said the disc would be dedicated to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. "My darlin', I'm growing old!" he said at the time. "I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"
Titled "Chuck", album will now reportedly be released posthumously. It will be the legend's first studio album since 1979's "Rock It".
Berry was one of the first people to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in 1986 and he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984.
Chuck Berry didn't build this house ... Chuck Berry created the things to build the house in the first place.— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) March 18, 2017
Rest In Peace Chuck Berry.— Philip Labonte (@philthatremains) March 18, 2017
R I P Chuck Berry ...— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 18, 2017
My profound respect and admiration to one of the founding fathers of rock and roll, who sadly passed today -- the late, great CHUCK BERRY— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) March 18, 2017
RIP CHUCK BERRY. Truly a cornerstone of all that is, was and will be Rock and Roll. An icon like few others. https://t.co/4xdwGAOSDs— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 18, 2017
Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother! https://t.co/tOMuQzUgPX— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) March 18, 2017
Guitar playing.— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) March 18, 2017
ALL OF IT.
To have stood on stage with Mr. Chuck Berry at the Apollo Theater is one of the great honors of my life. He gave... https://t.co/o48mEjdQ1t— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry=1st lead gtr licks I ever learned. Direct impact on Beatles/Hendrix/ACDC/Prince/Lemmy & so many more RIP https://t.co/kBDKeHGhfh— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) March 18, 2017
If you don't know how great Chuck Berry was please see the fantastic doc "Hail Hail Rock and Roll" RIP Chuck Berry— Brendon Small (@_Brendonsmall) March 18, 2017
RIP. Chuck Berry. I back him a few times in the 60s. LEGEND— Carmine Appice (@carmineappice1) March 19, 2017
I'm the desert and needed to stop as I just heard Chuck Berry passed:( R.I.P. Big part of Rock n Rock is gone..Very Thankful for his music. pic.twitter.com/QEZrVPorT1— DOUG ALDRICH (@Douglas_Aldrich) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry is dead. No words really. The smartest, most creative rock n roller in history. I totally owe my guitar style to him. RIP— Jay Jay French (@jayjayfrench) March 19, 2017
The legends' idol Chuck Berry R.I.P.— BJORN ENGLEN (@BjornEnglen) March 19, 2017
The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock'n'roll & a massive influence. pic.twitter.com/RT4NZH3KeQ— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 18, 2017
A true rock n roll master has left the building. A writer of the rule book from which we all follow. #RIPChuckBerry RHRF DOTF— Richie Faulkner (@RichieFaulkner) March 19, 2017
Rock n roll would not be what it is today without the influence of @ChuckBerry! Thank God for his Rock and roll presence on this planet!— Sammy Hagar (@sammyhagar) March 19, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry!— Billy Biohazard (@billybiohazard) March 19, 2017
Chuck Berry, wild man of rock who helped define its rebellious spirit, dies at 90 https://t.co/5I1EHUGE6y— AMON Eric Hoffman (@amonhoffman) March 19, 2017
"One of my big lights has gone out.”— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) March 19, 2017
- Keith, 3/18/17 pic.twitter.com/I86dHlvN5W
"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'" - John Lennon— Andy Biersack (@andyblack) March 19, 2017
Rest in Peace Chuck Berry....one of the original rock and roll guitar legends....thank you for the music!— Rush (@rushtheband) March 19, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry. One of my early concerts as a teen was seeing you. I was awed then and that feeling has never waned.— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) March 19, 2017
Sad to hear of the passing of legendary rocker, Chuck Berry. Such an inspiration to so many. https://t.co/bevcymwMSK— OfficialGreatWhite (@GreatWhiteRocks) March 19, 2017
I'm not sad however , it's hard to believe the pioneer of what I do has left this material place . Every night I... https://t.co/GPV2OHvUa8— Tracii Guns☮ (@traciiguns) March 19, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry— Gus G. (@gusgofficial) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry. Was he the real king of rock n roll? https://t.co/7hhsqjLFv4— Doc Coyle (@DocCoyle) March 18, 2017
Love me some Chuck Berry!!!— Obituary (@obituarytheband) March 19, 2017
Wow.... Chuck Berry... Rest In Peace.. Greatest of all time.Posted by Joe Bonamassa on Saturday, March 18, 2017
R.I.P Chuck Berry.. You've left us with more than you will ever know!! You Rocked, We Roll!!Posted by Rex Brown on Saturday, March 18, 2017
I will always treasure Chuck Berry's great music! https://t.co/LLctZvQ5dS— Marty Friedman (@marty_friedman) March 19, 2017