Chuck Berry, rock n' roll legend, dies at 90

Iconic musical artist Chuck Berry passed away Saturday in his St. Louis home, authorities have confirmed. He was 90 years old.

St. Charles County police officers responded to a medical emergency report and found Berry unconscious around 12:40 p.m. Attempts were made to save his life, but he was officially pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m.

The legendary "Father of Rock n' Roll" skyrocketed to fame in the 1950s. He's known for hits including "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Sweet Little Sixteen." A true pioneer of the genre, he built a devoted fanbase through a career spanning more than seven decades.Chuck Berry
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Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was born in October of 1926. By the mid-1950s, he had transformed the music industry, playing with typical R&B standards to create a brand-new form of music we now know as rock 'n roll.

He was revered in the industry throughout his entire life: "If you tried to give rock 'n roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry,'" John Lennon once said. Upon word of his death, artists including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Huey Lewis penned tributes to the rocker who helped shape their own careers.

Berry leaves behind his wife, Themetta, and two children.

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CIRCA 1968: Rock and roll musician Chuck Berry does the splits as he plays his Gibson hollowbody electric guitar in circa 1968. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 01, 1978: Michael Jackson and Chuck Berry at an Grammy Awards reception at Chasen's restaurant circa 1978 in Los Angeles, California.**EXCLUSIVE** (Photos by Brad Elterman/FilmMagic)
American rock and roll singer and musician Chuck Berry tunes up his guitar before going on stage to give a show at a Manchester cinema. 12th January 1965. (Photo by Stubbs/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
American Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry performs during the official opening ceremony of the 4th IAAF Athletic World Championships in Stuttgart August 13
Bruce Springstein and Chuck Berry perform "Johnny B. Good" to open The Concert for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, September 2 at Cleveland Stadium. Proceeds from the concert benefit the newly opened $92 million Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
CHICAGO - CIRCA 1960: Rock and roll musician Chuck Berry poses for a portrait session in circa 1960 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Chuck Berry in concert 1970 in New York, New York (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
CIRCA 1957: Rock and roll musician Chuck Berry performs onstage wearing a tuxedo with a bow tie in circa 1957. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Chuck BERRY; Posed full length studio portrait of Chuck Berry (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)
Chuck Berry 1960's (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of CONCERT POSTERS and Chuck BERRY; Concert Poster (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: AMERICAN BANDSTAND - 'American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary Special' - 2/4/1977, Chuck Berry performs during the finale of the show., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
CIRCA 1965: Rock and roll musician Chuck Berry performs onstage with his Gibson hollowbody electric guitar in circa 1965. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Portrait of Chuck Berry, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1972. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
CIRCA 1965: Rock and roll musician Chuck Berry poses for a portrait in circa 1965. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CANADA - MAY 13: Chuck Berry (Photo by Frank Lennon/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Chuck BERRY; Chuck Berry performing on stage, duck walk (Photo by Petra Niemeier - K & K/Redferns)
Chuck Berry 1970's (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
LONDON, UK - JULY 21: Rock 'n' roll star Chuck Berry performs live at the Alexandra Palace during the Capital Radio Jazzfest, on July 21, 1979 in London, England. (Photo by Charles Paul Harris/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
IN CONCERT - Shoot Date: November 1, 1972. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CHUCK BERRY
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: HEAT Photo of Chuck BERRY, Chuck Berry performing on stage (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
Guitar Legend Chuck Berry poses in front of a poster announcing the Rock 'n Roll star's rare performances in the United Kingdom. Berry will be appearing with Little Richard during the tour
Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performs during a concert in Burgos, northern Spain, November 25, 2007 REUTERS/Felix Ordonez
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 20: Singer Chuck Berry performs at the Izvestia Hall on October 20, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Yuri Martianov/Kommersant via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 26: Honoree Chuck Berry performs 'Johnny B. Goode' in lieu of an acceptance speech at the 2012 Awards for Lyrics of Literary Excellence at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum on February 26, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
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