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Musicians from across the rock world have paid tribute to Chuck Berry, who died yesterday (18th March) aged 90.

One of the true fathers of rock n’ roll, Chuck’s legendary career boasted a string of seminal anthems including ‘Maybellene’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’ as he evolved and redefined rhythm and blues into rock music.

Announced on his 90th birthday last October, Chuck’s final and now posthumous album ‘Chuck’ featuring his first collection of new material since 1979 will be released later this year. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years Themetta.

A statement from the St Charles County Police Department said Chuck was found unresponsive at his home in Missouri 12.40pm on Saturday. Medics administered life-saving techniques but sadly he could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 1.26pm.

“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry,” said the statement. “The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”

Testament to Chuck’s legacy and his profound influence on rock music, tributes have been flooding over the past 12 hours from artists including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Alice Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Ringo Starr and Slash.

You can read a selection of them below. RIP Chuck Berry.