Such sad news. Legendary musician B.B. King died peacefully in his sleep on May 14. He was 89 years old.
B.B. King has passed away on May 14 at the age of 89. The “King of Blues” died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. News of his death comes two weeks after he was put in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration.
B.B. King Dead: Blues Musician Dies At 89
It’s been confirmed that B.B. died on May 14 at his home. He died at 9:40 p.m., according to ABC News.
The singer has been suffering from Type II diabetes for over 20 years. He was hospitalized in April 2015 due to a diabetes-related emergency, TMZ reported. He dealt with a similar medical problem in 2014, when he was forced to cancel eight performances due to dehydration and exhaustion stemming from the disease.
Remembering B.B. King After His Sad Passing
B.B.’s career took off in 1949, and he’s since been dubbed “The King Of Blues.” Despite announcing a farewell tour in 2006 at the age of 80, B.B. has continued to perform, even at massive events like the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, The Glastonbury Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival and more. He has been widely regarded as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time.
The legendary musician was married twice, to Sue Carol Hall and Martha Lee Denton, but both relationships ended in divorce after eight years. He claims to have fathered 15 children with multiple women throughout his lifetime.
B.B. has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys, and was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
Here is a video of B.B. King performing at the Montreux in 1993:
Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.