Following the news of legendary musician Chuck Berry’s death, social media was flooded with condolences and heartfelt messages about the star.
Berry died in his St. Charles, Missouri home on Saturday when police responded to a medical emergency and tried to revive the unresponsive singer. He was 90.
Celebrities posted on Twitter and Facebook, sharing their love and memories of the beloved rock and roll star.
Rolling Stones member Mick Jagger posted a three-part dedication to Berry, writing: “I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing & your music is engraved inside us forever.”
Record producer Randy Jackson posted on Twitter: “To the greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time RIP Chuck Berry. We all thank u.”
Justin Timberlake posted on Twitter: “Pioneer. Innovator. Legend. All-around BADASS. RIP #ChuckBerry.”
Elton John posted on Twitter: “The greatest rock & roll songwriter of all time. Thanks for all those wonderful records that will define rock music forever. #RIPChuckBerry”
The Jacksons also posted a joint statement on Twitter writing that Berry “cast one of the longest shadows.”
Paul McCartney wrote on Facebook: “Chuck Berry sadly passed away over the weekend. He was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock ‘n’ roll.”
His Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr posted on Twitter, calling the singer “Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll Music.”
Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys, said in a statement: “Chuck Berry was arguably the founding father of rock and roll. Not just because he was one of its greatest songwriters and established some of the electric guitar’s earliest and most memorable riffs, but also because he was one of music’s most palpably exciting entertainers and biggest personalities.
“His influence on the giants that followed him, such as the Beatles, Beach Boys and many others, is well documented. Chuck received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy in 1984, our formal acknowledgment of his immeasurable contributions to American culture. He will be greatly missed, but the gift of his music will live on forever.”
News of Berry’s death was confirmed by the St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri, who said they responded to the singer’s home for a medical emergency and found the legend unresponsive. After attempting to revive him, Berry was declared dead at 1:26 p.m. local time.