The legendary King of the Blues, B.B. King, died late Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old. Known for his impressive guitar play and soulful vocals, King was an icon of rock and blues.
His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT. Bryson said funeral arrangements were currently being made.
For most of a career spanning nearly 70 years, Riley B. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to a large number of notable guitarists, who included Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith Richards. He recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world well into his 80s, often performing 250 or more concerts a year.
Although he had continued to perform well into his 80s, the 15-time Grammy winner suffered from diabetes and had been in declining health during the past year. The world of music has suffered a large blow with the loss of this fantastic musician who will be sorely missed. His legacy lives on through his music and the hundreds of artists influenced by his work. RIP B.B. King.