Rock "n" roll legend Chuck Berry has passed away, the St. Charles County Police Department in St. Charles County, Missouri confirmed on Facebook on Saturday. On Monday, Berry's family released a statement on his official Facebook page updating fans on the status of that last record, his first since 1979's Rock It.
According to the Berry estate, the promotional campaign planned by his label, Dualtone Records, called for the release of "further details and music from the album this week" - a plan that remains in place even after Berry's passing: "As a tribute to Chuck Berry, and with gratitude to his fans around the world, we will be following through on those plans in the coming days". It features his children, Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid, on guitar and harmonica, and is dedicated to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. A spokesperson for Berry could not be reached for additional comment at press time.
Bruce Springsteen tweeted: "Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist and the greatest pure rock "n" roll writer who ever lived", adding, "This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages". "Now I can hang up my shoes!" The first responders then administered lifesaving techniques.
'The St Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr. better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.
Chuck Berry died from natural causes. "The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement". Paisley slipped a cover of the Berry classic "Johnny B. Goode" into his setlist during his Main Stage-closing performance. It was also named one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
"After Elvis Presley, only Chuck Berry had more influence on the formation and development of Rock and Roll", his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame biography said.