'A legend just left the building': Entertainment world reacts to Chuck Berry's death
'None of us would have been here without you,' Lenny Kravitz says on social media
Musicians and entertainers reacted to the death of music icon Chuck Berry, who died at age 90 on Saturday in his home in Missouri.
Many took to social media to offer condolences and to remember his life and work.
'Undisputedly the king'
Musician Lenny Kravitz on Instagram hailed Berry as a forefather of rock 'n' roll, saying, "None of us would have been here without you."
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx tweeted that the music genre "wouldn't be what it came to be" without Berry, while Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash said on Instagram Johnny B. Goode singer was "undisputedly the king."
Two fellow music legends wrote about Berry's influence. Bruce Springsteen called him the "greatest" on Twitter, while Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys tweeted that Berry was "a big inspiration."
RIP Chuck Berry. Without him Rock n Roll wouldn't be what it came to be. <a href="https://t.co/H44LMiaR8f">https://t.co/H44LMiaR8f</a>—@NikkiSixx
Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived.—@springsteen
Rolling Stone pay tribute
The Rolling Stones were greatly influenced by Berry, and had recorded with him in the past.
Stones singer Mick Jagger in a series of posts thanked Berry "for all the inspirational music he gave to us."
"Chuck, you were amazing, and your music is engraved inside us forever," said Jagger.
Stones guitarist Keith Richards tweeted a photo of himself with Berry and said: "One of the big lights has gone out."
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 <a href="https://t.co/9zQbH5bo9V">pic.twitter.com/9zQbH5bo9V</a>—@MickJagger
He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. 2/3 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChuckBerry?src=hash">#ChuckBerry</a>—@MickJagger
His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever—@MickJagger
"One of my big lights has gone out.”<br>- Keith, 3/18/17 <a href="https://t.co/I86dHlvN5W">pic.twitter.com/I86dHlvN5W</a>—@officialKeef
'Thank you for the poetry'
Berry's music, and especially lyrics, struck a chord with many. Numerous artists chose to honour Berry with his own lyrics.
Ringo Starr quoted Berry's Rock & Roll Music, a song The Beatles would later cover, while British actor Connor McIntyre picked out a lyric from School Day.
Country singer Keith Urban simply tweeted: "Thank you for the poetry."
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 😎 <a href="https://t.co/XmwmaGzGpL">pic.twitter.com/XmwmaGzGpL</a>—@ringostarrmusic
'ding ding goes the bell' Chuck ..... RIP 🙏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIP?src=hash">#RIP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/chuckberry?src=hash">#chuckberry</a> <a href="https://t.co/obu9J9A54j">pic.twitter.com/obu9J9A54j</a>—@connor9mcintyre
RIP Chuck Berry !!!! Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency! GO JOHNNY GO. - KU—@KeithUrban
'A legend just left the building'
Many, including country singer Charlie Daniels, remarked on Berry's legacy as one of the greats.
"The greatest rock and roll lyricist ever," Daniels tweeted.
Rudolf Schenker, guitarist and founding member of the band Scorpions, tweeted: "One of my heroes, a true icon, a legend just left the building. You are the definition of Rock'n'Roll."
The greatest rock and roll lyricist ever has passed away at 90<br>Chuck Berry rest in peace.—@CharlieDaniels
One of my heroes, a true icon, a legend just left the building. You was the definition of Rock'n'Roll. I salute you! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/rip?src=hash">#rip</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/chuckberry?src=hash">#chuckberry</a>—@rudolfschenker