WEB DESK: Riley B. King known by his stage name B.B. King was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist, who died at 89.
According to King’s attorney, he died a natural death in his home situated in Las Vegas.
King had been suffering ill health in recent months because of diabetes.
Fellow musicians paid homage to King, including blues guitarist Buddy Guy, who played with him.
Guy wrote on his instagram, “BB King was the greatest guy I ever met.”
Lenny Kravitz who tweeted: “BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one.”
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora wrote: “My friend and legend 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.”
Ringo Starr, former Beatles member added: “God bless BB King, peace and love his family.”
Actor Hugh Laurie said: “Oh God. BB King. Let the sad times roll.”
In his 70 years of career, King helped out the musicians to make ‘Blues’ famous. He was also inducted into both Blues Foundation and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked him third best guitarist only behind Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of 100 greatest guitarist of all time.
King was indeed the real ‘King’ of musical genre ‘Blue’.