Monday 24 July 2017

Tributes pour in after death of rock 'n' roll star Chuck Berry

By Katie Archer

The star’s death has saddened many.

Tributes have poured in for rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who has died at home, aged 90.

Among the celebrity commentators to mark his death in Missouri on Saturday was singer-songwriter Huey Lewis, who said he was “maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll.

“His music and his influence will last forever.”

He was joined on social media in paying tribute to the writer of hit songs including Johnny B Goode and Memphis, Tennessee, by guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Randy Jackson, who thanked him for his life’s work.

The influential guitarist was found unresponsive at his Missouri home after an initial call to local emergency services at 2.40pm (5.40pm GMT) on Saturday.

St Charles County Police Department, said he could not be revived, despite paramedics’ attempts to administer “lifesaving techniques” on the singer and guitarist.

Former Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, also paid tribute on Twitter.

Tom Fletcher of pop-rock group McFly was among the contemporary music acts to hail his influence, posting a video Johnny B Goode to his fans.

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