BB King Blues Guitar Legend Dies In Las Vegas At 89
Legendary Blues guitarist BB King has died Thursday at home in Las Vegas aged 89. King died in his sleep, his lawyer has reported.
The singer had recently returned home from hospital where he was being treated for dehydration, which was linked to his Type II diabetes.
It comes just a week after he insisted he was well again after falling ill.
In a statement posted on his official website on April 7, he wrote: “I want to thank everyone for their concern and good wishes. I’m feeling much better & am leaving the hospital today.”
King was taken to the facility near his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, due to health concerns although his daughter Claudette King soon admitted he was already feeling “much better” when asked about his condition last Monday.
The The Thrill Has Gone star suffered a similar health scare last October leading to the cancellation of eight tour dates, although he joked about his hospital admission days later insisting he was busier while resting at home as people kept checking to see if he was all right.
B.B. who was born Riley B. King toured has toured for more than 65 years, and would play more than 300 shows each year at the peak of his career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, won 15 Grammys, as well as a Presidential Medal of Arts, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.