Chuck Berry, the colorful, enigmatic, ornery and elusive genius who delivered the seminal guitar chords of rock ‘n’ roll, died Saturday at his St. Louis-area home. He was 90. St. Charles County police officers responding to a report of a medical emergency found the legendary rocker unconscious about 12:40 p.m., authorities said. Berry was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later after first responders failed to revive him, authorities said. Bruce Springsteen was among a slew of rock giants who paid tribute to the man known as a founding father of the genre. “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived,” The Boss tweeted. The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger offered a poetic take on Berry’s inimitable legacy. “He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers,” Jagger said on Twitter. “His lyrics shone above others and threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck, you were amazing, and your music is engraved inside us forever.” Even Bill and Hillary Clinton paused to honor Berry. “The man was inseparable from his music — both were utterly original and distinctly American,” they said. “He… Read full this story
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