Los Angeles: The entire world is mourning the death of rock n roll legend Chuck Berry. He was the person who can be held responsible for single-handedly making the rock n roll so much popular and part of the mainstream.
The 90 year old Chuck Berry had hung his boots merely less than three years ago. It was in the year 2014 that he stopped recording and stopped performing. Till then, for around 65 years, he had been performing non-stop.
The legend was also not suffering from any illness. This is the reason that when the local police responded to a 911 call for health emergency, and found him unresponsive, not just they, but everyone was amazed. He was apparently alone at the time of his death.
The family, apparently shocked by his death in a statement said, “We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry – beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather – passed away at his home today at the age of 90…Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Reports suggest that the legend might have died of pneumonia. Rolling Stone, while quoting his son Charles Jr had said, “Now what I can say is he’s a 90-year-old man…And like most 90-year-old men, he has good days and he has bad days. In the not too distant past, he had a bout with pneumonia. He’s recovering, but it’s a much slower process for him to recover.”
Berry will be remembered forever by the music world. While he was behind making rock n roll popular, he was not limited to a single genre alone. Berry, whose first job was that of janitor, was behind some of the best-known tunes in rock, including “Johnny B. Goode” “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Sweet Little Sixteen.”
A report in the LiveMint says, “Berry’s music came up with a driving beat and rapid-fire guitar licks that called and echoed the song’s lyrics. He melded bravado, humour and smirking innuendo to create an onstage persona that was as defining as his music. A Berry show was often punctuated by his signature “duck walk,” or walking with both knees fully flexed, and crouching and hopping on one bent leg while swinging the other”. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Themetta ‘Toddy’ Suggs, son Charles Jr. and three daughters.