Chuck Berry Update: Singer Chuck Berry Returns Home After Health Scare

Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry performs during a free concert in Kiener Plaza in St. Louis on July 29, 2010. The free concert was given for those who want to volunteer to work at the 2012 Democratic convention should St. Louis be chosen as the site. A group from the DNC who is touring the city, also attended the concert. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Chuck Berry has returned home to recover after falling ill and having to be escorted off the stage during a Chicago concert this weekend, according to AP.

The 84-year-old fell ill from exhaustion, reports said. Berrys friend Joe Edwards told the press the performer did not need to go to the hospital and is resting at home.

"I think by the time the concert in Chicago got near the end he just got tired," he said. "I think it was just exhaustion.


Berry played two concerts New York on New Year's Eve, then flew to Chicago where he played at the Congress Theater on Saturday night.

Berry resides in suburban St. Louis. His agent, Dick Alen, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the singer "feels tired but good."

"He's in great shape," Edwards said. "He's very healthy. He doesn't smoke or drink. He cuts his own grass.


Edwards said Berry is feeling well enough to prepare for a Jan. 19 concert at Blueberry Hill in University City, Mo. The singer of early rock classics such as Johnny B. Goode, Sweet Little Sixteen and Roll Over Beethoven, Berry grew up in humble beginnings in St. Louis.


The modest one-room house where he lived for eight years was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.


After Berrys good friend Johnnie Johnson passed away in 2005, the singer told reporters he was sad but knew it was coming.


"My turn is coming very soon," Berry said at the time. "Would you shed a tear for Chuck? I hope not, because I don't see why one should weep when something inevitable must come."

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