According to several news reports, rock ‘n roll pioneer Chuck Berry passed away today [March 18, 2017] in Mississippi. He was 90 years old.

In a statement on Facebook, the St Charles County Police Department said they were called to reports of an unresponsive man at 12:40 local time (17:40 GMT).

“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.”

“Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26pm,” the statement continued.

Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1926 and scored his first hit smash, “Maybellene”, in 1955. Berry’s seven-decade career boasted a string of hits, including classics “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode”.

He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

The Source Magazine and The Northstar Group sends out deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.