B.B. King Dead At 89
May 15, 2015 at 3:54 AM (PT)
Legendary blues guitarist B.B. KING died THURSDAY night, MAY 14th in LAS VEGAS. He was 89. KING -- real name RILEY B. KING -- died in LAS VEGAS, where he was in home hospice care. He had battled Type II diabetes for decades.
CNN notes, "The MISSISSIPPI native's reign as 'king of the blues' lasted more than six decades and straddled two centuries, influencing a generation of rock and blues musicians, from ERIC CLAPTON and STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, to SHERYL CROW and JOHN MAYER," adding, "even with a long list of honors to his name -- GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME induction, Presidential Medal of Freedom -- he maintained a relentless touring schedule well into his '80s."
ERIC CLAPTON expressed his sadness on his FACEBOOK page.
BB King a dear friend and inspiration to me....Posted by Eric Clapton on Friday, May 15, 2015