Chuck Berry, singer and songwriter of rock and roll classics such as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode” has died. He was 90.
St. Charles County police in Missouri responded to a 911 call Saturday afternoon, where first responders found an unresponsive Berry. They immediately began lifesaving procedures, but he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.
They posted the news of Berry’s death on their Facebook page.
Berry was born Charles Edward Anderson Berry, Sr. in St. Louis, Missouri, the fourth child of six. He showed an interest in music at an early age, making his first public performance in 1941 while still in high school. He noted in his memoir, “Chuck Berry: The Autobiography,” that around that same time he was arrested for and convicted of armed robbery, having stolen a car at gunpoint with friends. He was sent to a reformatory in nearby Jefferson City, where he formed a singing group that was allowed to perform outside the detention facility.
At 22, he married Toddy Suggs and had a baby girl, Darlin Ingrid. To support his family, Berry took any job he could get – from automobile factory worker to janitor and even trained as a beautician.