Veteran rocker CHUCK BERRY, who was found dead at his home on Saturday (18Mar17), reportedly died of natural causes.
According to editors at TMZ.com the You Never Can Tell singer’s personal doctor will sign off on his death certificate without an autopsy and classify his death, at the age of 90 as “natural”.
On Saturday (18Mar17), the rock ‘n’ roll icon was found unresponsive at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri and medics were unable to revive him.
Chuck’s family announced on Monday (20Mar17) that they are planning to honour him by releasing a new record he had been working on at the time of his death.
In a statement seen by WENN, his relatives said the album would be released as a “tribute” to the late star.
“While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music,” the statement reads.
Chuck’s relatives add that further details of the album would be made public later this week (end26Mar17).
Two of his offspring seem likely to appear on the posthumous record, his first new material since 2012, as his daughter Ingrid and son Charles Berry Jr. feature in his backing band.
Announcing the release of the record on his 90th birthday in October last year (16) Chuck said his new album would be dedicated to his wife of 69 years Themetta ‘Toddy’ Suggs, who survives him.
“This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy,” 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!”
Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry in St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck is considered by many to be one of the most influential musicians in history.
His blending of various musical styles and outlandish showmanship on stage made him an early pioneer of rock and roll, helping pave the way for the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie.