UPDATE: Chuck Berry Returns Home After Collapsing During Show


CHICAGO (VIP NEWS) — Chuck Berry, who fell ill with exhaustion and was escorted from stage during a Chicago concert this weekend, has returned home to suburban St. Louis, a close friend of the rock-and-roll legend said Monday.

The 84-year-old performer did not require hospitalization and Berry's friend, Joe Edwards, said he appeared to have fully recovered.

"I think it was just exhaustion," Edwards said, noting that Berry played two shows in New York on New Year's Eve, then flew to Chicago where he played at the Congress Theater on Saturday night.

"I think by the time the concert in Chicago got near the end he just got tired," he said.
Berry's agent, Dick Alen, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the singer "feels tired but good."

Edwards said Berry returned to his home in Wentzville, Mo., on Sunday afternoon, and that he is feeling well enough to prepare for a Jan. 19 concert at Blueberry Hill in University City, Mo. Berry has performed monthly concerts at the popular bar and restaurant that Edwards owns since 1996.