Rock music pioneer Chuck Berry has died, St. Charles County Police confirmed Saturday in Missouri.
Berry, whose full name was Charles Edward Anderson Berry, was found after police were called to a medical emergency at his residence at 12:40 p.m.
In a statement from police, his family requested privacy.
The singer-guitarist, known for such hit singles as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” was 90 years old.
*With a file from Reuters
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released a statement, obtained by ET Canada, on the sad news. “Chuck Berry was a rock and roll original,” the statement begins. “A gifted guitar player, an amazing live performer, and a skilled songwriter whose music and lyrics captured the essence of 1950s teenage life.”
“It’s fitting that he was the first person inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as he influenced everyone who has picked up a guitar after him. Today, we celebrate his life. Hail Hail, Chuck Berry,” the statement concludes.