Tributes have poured in to rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who died at his home in Missouri on Saturday, aged 90.
The tributes to mark his death were lead by some of music's best known faces, including Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and Ringo Starr.
Springsteen paid tribute to the legendary musician, whose hit songs include Johnny B. Goode and Roll Over Beethoven, via Twitter, naming him "rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived," before adding that Berry's death was "a tremendous loss for the ages."
Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger paid tribute to Berry's trailblazing career, thanking the American for his "inspirational music."
"He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers," he said.
He added, "his lyrics shone above others and threw a strange light into the american dream."
I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/9zQbH5bo9V— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. 2/3 #ChuckBerry— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
Former Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, also paid tribute on Twitter.
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 😎 pic.twitter.com/XmwmaGzGpL— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 18, 2017
Rock showman Alice Cooper also praised Berry, saying he was "the genesis behind the sound of rock 'n' roll"
"All of us in rock have now lost our father," he tweeted.
RIP #ChuckBerry, the genesis behind the great sound of rock n roll. All of us in rock have now lost our father. pic.twitter.com/VazeRI4VvM— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) March 19, 2017
Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Randy Jackson thanked Berry for his life’s work.
To the greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time RIP chuck berry. we all thank u— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) March 18, 2017
Berry was found unresponsive at his Missouri home after an initial call to local emergency services at 2.40pm (5.40pm GMT).
St Charles County Police Department, said he could not be revived, despite paramedics’ attempts to administer “lifesaving techniques” to the singer and guitarist.
Singer Bob Seger said: "Chuck had tremendous influence on my work and could not have been a nicer guy."
A true pioneer, Chuck had tremendous influence on my work and could not have been a nicer guy. 1 of the all time greats. RIP #ChuckBerry. pic.twitter.com/5sXSKr8Sqf— Bob Seger (@BobSeger) March 19, 2017
Singer-songwriter Huey Lewis said Berry was “maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll.
“His music and his influence will last forever.”
Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever. - Huey— Huey Lewis (@Huey_Lewis_News) March 18, 2017
Others who paid tribute to Berry included Rod Stewart, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty and The Jacksons.
Queen guitarist Brian May posted an extended message of reflection on his website and ended by saying, "Rock and Roll grieves tonight as our hero Chuck Berry steps into the next world. We salute you Chuck - the greatest inspiration to us all. With love, Bri."
The Press Association had reported that a new Chuck Berry album is expected to be released posthumously later this year.
Last October Berry announced that he was releasing a new record, entitled Chuck, in 2017. The star's first new album in 38 years, it was to be "comprised primarily of new, original songs".
Berry said at the time that the record was dedicated to Themetta Berry, his wife of 68 years. He said: "My darlin' I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"
Friend Joe Edwards - the owner of a club where Berry regularly performed - said he has heard the new album and that it was "sensational".
The first single was scheduled to be released in the next few weeks. A representative for Berry has said he does not have any further information about the release plans for the Chuck album.