Blues Legend B.B. King Dead at Age 89

Legendary singer-guitarist B.B. King — aka the King of Blues — died Thursday night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney Brent Bryson tells The Associated Press that King passed away peacefully in his sleep. The 15-time Grammy winner suffered from type II diabetes and had been in declining health, although he continued to perform well into his eighties. During a career that spanned nearly 70 years, King recorded more than 50 albums and served as a mentor to guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards. The Mississippi native played a Gibson guitar he affectionately referred to as “Lucille” and was best known for his signature song “The Thrill Is Gone.”

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