Keith Urban, Ringo Starr and More Stars React to Chuck Berry's Death
By Jennifer Drysdale
The music industry is mourning the loss of Chuck Berry.
The 90-year-old singer died on Saturday, according to the St. Charles County Police Department, which confirmed via Facebook that he did not respond to lifesaving techniques after first responders arrived on the scene.
Considered a pioneer of rock and roll music, Berry influenced generations of musicians who followed, many of whom took to social media to mourn his death.
The Jacksons also paid tribute to Berry on Twitter, thanking the singer for casting "one of the longest shadows" in music.
"Chuck Berry was a rock and roll original. A gifted guitar player, an amazing live performer, and a skilled songwriter whose music and lyrics captured the essence of 1950s teenage life," reads a statement by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, obtained by ET. "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."
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The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock'n'roll & a massive influence. pic.twitter.com/RT4NZH3KeQ