Chuck Berry fans make their goodbyes at his funeral’s public viewing

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. Louis, about three weeks after his death at the age of 90. Berry’s open casket had a red Gibson electric guitar bolted to the inside of its lid, and a musician outside played some of Berry’s hits, including “Sweet Little Sixteen.” The Rolling Stones also reportedly sent a flower arrangement in the shape of a guitar. On the evening of his death, his family posted on Berry’s official Facebook page. The band had reacted on the evening of his death with a joint statement, citing his massive influence on their own music. Louis club where Berry performed, with fans beginning to line up before dawn, according to the Associated Press. A public viewing was held at The Pageant, a St. His lyrics explored teen life and American commercialism, and his music fused exciting guitar solos with flare and showmanship. for the musician’s family and friends, with the procession to the cemetery set for around 3:15 p.m. “We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry – beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather – passed away at his home today at the age of 90. “Chuck was not only a brilliant guitarist, singer, and performer, but most importantly, he was a master craftsman as a songwriter. Goode,” “School Days,” “Nadine” and “Rock and Roll Music.” Berry is credited with reshaping rhythm and blues into what we now recognize as rock and roll. This article originally appeared in People.com

Show Full Article Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends,” they wrote. “The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
See photos from the funeral’s public viewing at PEOPLE. His songs will live forever.”
In a tweet, Keith Richards added, “One of my big lights has gone out.”
Berry produced a litany of hit singles such as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” “Johnny B. Sunday afternoon, according to Fox 2 News. “The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll and a massive influence on us,” the band wrote. The private Celebration of Life service is set to follow at 1 p.m. Legendary musician Chuck Berry‘s funeral was Sunday in St.