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BREAKING: Chuck Berry dead: Singer dies aged 90 as his body is found by police

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The music legend died at his home in Missouri after police found his lifeless body at the property.

St Charles County police confirmed the news in a statement on Facebook, which read: “St Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18).

“Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

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

“The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”

The singer was best known for leading the rock ‘n’ roll movement and had been making music since the 1950s.

He scored his first number one hit with the 1972 classic My Ding-a-Ling

Among his biggest hits was Johnny B Goode, Roll Over Beethoven and Brown Eyed Handsome Man.

His music surpassed the racial divides of America at a time of tension and segregation, he said to the New York Times in 2003: “I made records for people who would buy them. No color, no ethnic, no political – I don’t want that, never did.”

Chuck Berry meets former president Bill ClintonGETTY

Chuck Berry meets former president Bill Clinton

Chuck was born Charles Anderson Edward Berry to parents Martha and Henry Berry in St. Louis, Missouri in 1926.

His trademark four-bar guitar introduction and quick lyrics summed up the spirit of rebellion among the youth of the 1950s.

However, his life was not without controversy after he was taken to court for transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes.

The 14-year-old Texas girl claimed he had taken her to Missouri to check hats at his St Louis nightclub.

The case was eventually dropped when the trial was declared null and void.

Nevertheless, Chuck found himself hit with a two-year jail sentence at a second trial.

He had many fans in the world of music including Beatles star John Lennon, who said of him: “If you gave rock ‘n’ roll another name, it would be Chuck Berry.”

The star was set to be making a comeback after it was announced on his 90th birthday in October last year that he would be releasing his first record in 38 years.

His album is set to be released later this year and was dedicated to his wife Themetta “Toddy” Berry, whom he is survived by.

Chuck Berry is survived by his wife Themetta GETTY

Chuck Berry is survived by his wife Themetta “Toddy” Berry

Tributes have already been pouring in for the star as many from the world of music and entertainment took to social media to hail the musician.

Ringo Starr tweeted: “Just let me hear some of that rock ‘n’ roll music any old way you use it I am playing  I’m talking about you. God bless  Chuck Berry Chuck.”

While David Essex said simply: “David Essex wrote: R.I.P. The great Chuck Berry.”

Slash from Guns N’ Roses said: “Heart broken to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was undisputedly the king. A moment of silence is idefinitely n order. RIP”