18 March 2017
Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with hits including Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock & Roll Music, Memphis Tennessee and Sweet Little Sixteen, has died at the age of 90.
The singer/songwriter, whose classic Johnny B. Goode was chosen by Carl Sagan to be included on the golden record of Earth Sounds and Music launched with Voyager in 1977, died in a residence near St. Louis, Missouri. The cause of death was not revealed.
Police responded to an emergency call at about 12.40 pm (local time) and found the music legend “unresponsive.” He was pronounced deceased at 1.26 pm.