UPDATE: The following statement was released on Mr. King’s website Friday morning, “Mr. King passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 pm Pacific time May 14 2015.”
Music has lost one of its legends.
B.B. King — the blues singer and guitarist — died Thursday at the age of 89 in Las Vegas, his attorney says. The Associated Press broke the news.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
In April, King was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital for dehydration resulting from his Type II diabetes. King had the disease for over 20 years, and was even a spokesperson for OneTouch blood glucose testing machines.
In May, he posted that he was in home hospice care.
King’s legacy was overshadowed in recent weeks due to fighting between his longtime manager and daughter.
The legend — who was born Riley B. King — reportedly had over 15 children and 50 grandchildren.
He was equally as prolific in music, with 43 studio albums and 16 live albums. He had more blues Grammy Awards than any other artist — 15 — and won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. King also was a member of the Blues Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
R.I.P. to a true king of music.
B.B. is not to be confused with singer Ben E. King, who also died earlier this month.
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