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B.B. King: Blues Musician Hospitalized For Medical Emergency

Mon, April 6, 2015 6:26pm EDT by Add first Comment

So scary. Blues legend B.B. King was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas over the weekend. The musician reportedly suffered from a diabetes-related emergency leading to his hospitalization.

B.B. King, 89, was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital near his home over the weekend of April 5, according to a new report. The legendary blues musician was reportedly brought to the hospital for an emergency related to his diabetes, a condition which has plagued him for over 20 years.

B.B. King Hospitalized: Blues Legend Rushed To Hospital For Medical Emergency

B.B. is currently receiving medical attention at a hospital near his Las Vegas home, according to a report from TMZ. A source tells the outlet that this particular medical emergency was caused from dehydration related to his diabetes.

The “Rock Me Baby” singer has unfortunately dealt with Type II diabetes for over two decades. In 2014, B.B. was forced to cancel his last eight performances of the year due to both dehydration and exhaustion stemming from his diabetes. B.B. has sure stayed strong while living with diabetes, and he’s even joined the fight against the disease in the past by appearing in advertisements for diabetes management products.

B.B.’s career started out in 1949, and since then, he’s often been called “The King of Blues.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the 2014 class of the R&B Music Hall of Fame. A dynamic musician in terms of singing, songwriting, and guitar-playing, B.B. has tons of smash hits including “Lucille” and “Rock Me Baby.”

He’s an inspiration to many modern day musicians, including John Mayer, 37, who has played and collaborated with B.B. countless times. has reached out to B.B.’s rep for comment.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to B.B. as he recovers in the hospital. Stay strong, B.B.

HollywoodLifers, wish B.B. well in the comments below.

— Julianne Ishler