ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 18, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Chuck Berry, often called the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ has passed away at his residence outside St. Louis.
Police in St. Charles (Missouri) County said Saturday that officers responded to a medical emergency call at 12:40 p.m. (11:30 a.m. Utah time) and found Berry unresponsive.
Berry could not be revived, and was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.
The police announced the news on a Facebook post.
Berry, a singer, guitarist and songwriter, is credited with taking Rock ‘n’ Roll in a new direction when he mixed in some Rhythm and Blues.
Berry was in the first group of musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it opened in 1986. According to a biography in Wikipedia, Berry was lauded for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.”