BB King, the King of Blues, dies at 89

King had been suffering ill health in recent months.


The “King of the Blues”, guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89.

King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and work with Eric Clapton and U2.

Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months.

He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.

Several entertainers including Bill Cosby paid tribute to King. Cosby expressed  his sadness on twitter:

“Condolences to the family. My family & I share with you in the sadness but the JOY because we can hear him anytime with a Good Ol LP”

Lenny Kravitz tweeted: “BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one.”

Former Beatle Ringo Starr said: “God bless BB King, peace and love to his family.”

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