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Chuck Berry%20Berry&redirect=yes">, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock ‘n’ roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that defined the genre’s sound and heartbeat, has died at his Missouri home at age 90.

CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES (ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM) – Chuck Berry%20Berry&redirect=yes">, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock ‘n’ roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that defined the genre’s sound and heartbeat, died on Saturday (March 18) at his Missouri home. He was 90.

Police in St. Charles County, outside St. Louis, said they were called to Berry’s home by a caretaker and found him unresponsive. Efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. local time.

Considered one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll, Charles Edward Anderson Berry was present at its infancy in the 1950s and emerged as its first star guitarist and songwriter – a nearly 30-year-old black performer whose style electrified young white audiences and was emulated by white performers who came to dominate American popular music.

Berry was the first person ever inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The museum said in a statement that Berry was “the undisputed original poet laureate, he influenced every rock and roll artist after him and every guitarist that ever plugged in.”

Also paying tribute to Berry on Twitter on Saturday, Springsteen called him “rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.”

Other celebrities to pay tribute to Berry on Twitter included former Beatle Ringo Star, former CNN anchor Larry King and singer Bette Midler.


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