A tribute to the legendary Chuck Berry

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Rock'n'roll pioneer Chuck Berry has died, aged 90.

No details of how he died have been released, but his passing has been confirmed by the St Charles County Police Department.

He was found lifeless at home.

"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," the police said in a statement.

Born Charles Berry, the singer-guitarist found fame in the mid-1950s with songs like 'Maybelline', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Johnny B Goode' and 'Rock and Roll Music'.

His guitar skills were massively influential on the nascent rock and roll scene, with the Beatles covering a number of his songs.

The Beach Boys used his song 'Sweet Little Sixteen' as the basis of their hit 'Surfin USA', and 'Johnny B Goode' was included on a phonograph record NASA sent into outer space in 1977.

He didn't have his first number one hit until the early 1970s, with a cover of novelty song 'My Ding-a-Ling'.

Berry was one of the first acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Celebrities took to social media to pay their tributes to the legend, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Springsteen, guitarist Nile Rodgers, author Stephen King and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

Berry's song 'Johnny B Goode' was infamously used in the film Back to the Future.

He was still touring well into his 80s, and last year announced a new album would be out in 2017 - his first in nearly four decades.