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Stars pay tribute at service for rock icon Chuck Berry

By Julia Hunt

Rock'n'roll legend Chuck Berry has been remembered by friends and fellow musicians at his funeral service in his home town of St Louis.

Kiss rocker Gene Simmons was among those who paid tribute to the late musician, who died in March at the age of 90.

Simmons, who had not been scheduled to speak, took to the podium to say Berry had a tremendous influence on him as a musician, and that he worked to break down racial barriers through his music.

Former US President Bill Clinton sent a letter in which he called Berry "one of America's greatest rock and roll pioneers". Berry played at both of Mr Clinton's inaugurations.

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