Blues legend B.B. King dies at the age of 89

King passed away at his home in Las Vegas

Blues legend B.B. King has died at the age of the 89, “Mr. King passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 pm Pacific Time on May 14 2015,” the guitarist’s publicist confirms.

King had been diagnosed with diabetes 30 years ago, but his health had been failing recently. Earlier this month, reports began circulating that some of King’s children were battling his longtime manager Laverne Toney about his medical care and finances, including elder abuse that was shot down in court.

However, on May 1st, King posted, “I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas. Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers,” on his Facebook page, further denying those allegations.

King, and his electric guitar that he named Lucille, have collaborated with some of rock’s greatest musicians, including Santana, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and U2, the latter which can be viewed below.

Many celebrities took to social media early Friday (May 15th) to express their sadness of King’s passing.

“I just wanted to express my sadness and to say thank you to my dear friend BB King,” Clapton said in a video statement on Facebook. “I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years and for the friendship we enjoyed. There’s not a lot left to say because [blues] is almost a thing of the past now and there are not many left that play it in the pure way that BB did.”

Author: Buddy Iahn

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