Fans Mourn Loss Of Music Legend Chuck Berry

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Chuck Berry 1957
Chuck Berry 1957

March 20, 2017 (STL.News) Fans are mourning the passing of rock and roll music legend Chuck Berry.

Since the news of Berry’s death, fans have been paying tribute to his legacy by leaving flowers, candles, signs, and other items at the foot of his statue in the Delmar Loop.

St. Charles County Police first released the news of Berry’s death.  Police say that first responders were called to his Wentzville home on Buckner Road at around 12:40 p.m. on Saturday.  Paramedics found Berry unresponsive and performed CPR.  Those life saving efforts were unsuccessful and Berry was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. according to police.

The St. Charles County Police Department posted this message on Facebook:

“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.  The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”

Berry was 90.

Meanwhile, social media has been buzzing with messages about Berry’s legacy.

Former President Bill Clinton tweeted :

“Chuck Berry’s life was a treasure and a triumph, and he’ll never be forgotten.”

Rocker Bruce Springsteen tweeted this message on Saturday:

“Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.”

Springsteen added in another tweet:

“This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages.”

Mick Jagger also shared his thoughts on Twitter about Berry’s contribution to music.

“I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing.  I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us.”

Jaggar added: “He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers.”

Berry’s death comes just ahead of the release of his first new studio album titled “Chuck” in nearly four decades.

Berry’s family issued the following statement about the album’s release:

“Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction.  While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music.

For months now plans have been in place, and preparations have been made with our friends at Dualtone Records, to reveal further details and music from the album this week.  As a tribute to Chuck Berry, and with gratitude to his fans around the world, we will be following through on those plans in the coming days.”

In the meantime, funeral arrangements are still pending.

 
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Jill Enders is an award winning journalist. She is the proud recipient of the 2015 Missouri Broadcaster's Association award for Best News Series. Jill won this prestigious first place award for her piece “Ferguson Year In Review” she wrote, produced, and voiced for KTRS radio, where she also currently works as an anchor, reporter, and writer. Over the past twenty years, Jill has worn many hats in the broadcast industry. She has worked as a D.J., field reporter, production director, copy writer, airborne traffic reporter, anchor, and news bureau chief. Jill has covered a wide variety of high profile stories during her career, including the Flood of '93, presidential debates, and the Ferguson Crisis. Jill also has acted in TV, film, and stage. Her experience as an actress allows her to provide her acting students with a practical insight of the entertainment industry. Jill is a native St. Louisian and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.