Legendary blues artist B.B. King died at the age of 89 on Thursday night (May 14). King's lawyer reported that King passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, according to The Pulse Of Radio. He had long suffered from Type II diabetes and canceled a tour last October due to ill health. He never performed live again.
Known for classic songs like "The Thrill Is Gone", King was a touring artist for more than 50 years averaging 275 shows a year. He also released more than 50 albums since the 1940s, was inducted into both the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the Blues Hall Of Fame, won 15 Grammy Awards — including a Lifetime Achievement Award — and was the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors from President Bill Clinton in 1995.
Ranked No. 6 on Rolling Stone's 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, King influenced generations of blues and rock guitarists and was one of the biggest blues artists to cross over from regional success to mainstream and commercial fame within his own lifetime.
Born in Mississippi as Riley B. King on September 16, 1925, King worked in the cotton fields as an orphan before starting on the path that made him a living legend and a national treasure.
So sad to wake up this morning and hear the news about the passing of the great B B King.— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) May 15, 2015
Nobody lives forever but their music can.Thank you B.B.King for all those beautiful gems you gave us in your 89 years here. RIP— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) May 15, 2015
RIP BB KING. A TRUE LEGEND— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) May 15, 2015
My friend and ledgend BB King passed.. I'm so so sad....he was so great to me... We've lost the King..... My love and prayers to his family.— RICHIE SAMBORA (@TheRealSambora) May 15, 2015
Rest in peace to one of the greatest of all time: B.B. King pic.twitter.com/4CszTiYbCr— Papa Roach (@paparoach) May 15, 2015
The thrill is gone but never-to-be forgotten. Rest in peace B.B. King?— Myles Kennedy (@MylesKennedy) May 15, 2015