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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry performs "Johnny B. Goode" at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Berry is set to release his first new studio album in more than 35 years. The album, titled "Chuck," will be available in 2017. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

Chuck Berry died of natural causes, according to a report


UPDATE: March 20 at 3:53 p.m. 

Chuck Berry died of natural causes,  TMZ reports. 

The entertainment website added that no autopsy will be performed and Berry's personal doctor is expected to sign off on the death certificate. 

Original Story

The St. Charles County police department has confirmed the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as Chuck Berry. Police officials responded to a medical emergency at a Missouri home on Saturday afternoon where they observed an unresponsive man. Unable to revive the 90-year-old, Berry was pronounced dead less than one hour after first responders had showed up.

Dubbed the 'father of rock and roll,' Berry was best known for his mid-to late 1950s titles, including "Round and Round," "Carol," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Back in the U.S.A.," "Little Queenie," according to his profile compiled by Rolling Stone. 

"Berry matched some of the most resonant and witty lyrics in pop to music with a blues bottom and a country top, trademarking the results with his signature double-string guitar lick," his profile read.

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His notoriety expanded beyond music, too. In late 1959, Berry was charged with violating the Mann Act after he had brought a 14-year-old Spanish-speaking Apache waitress and prostitute from Texas to check hats at his St. Louis nightclub. After he had fired her, she went to police. 

He was found guilty by an all-male, all-white jury. A judge sentenced him to five years' imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. He spent two years in federal prison. During a second trial, he was convicted and sentenced to three more years in prison.

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His misfortune with the law, however, would not define his career. At the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors Award in 2000, President Bill Clinton described him as "one of the 20th Century's most influential musicians."

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