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B.B. King has died in Las Vegas aged 89, his lawyer Brent Bryson announces.

Attorney Brent Bryson told The Associated Press that B.B. King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT on May 14 at his home in Las Vegas.

The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the blues and influenced a generation of musicians with his heartfelt vocals and soaring guitar.BB King dead at 89

Born in Mississippi, B.B. King began performing in the 1940s and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The blues legend was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.

Rolling Stone magazine once ranked B.B. King in third place in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, just below Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman.

B.B. King, who sold millions of records worldwide, was awarded his 15th Grammy award in 2009 for his album One Kind Favor.

Even until recently, B.B. King performed in at least 100 concerts a year.


A lawsuit filed by B.B. King’s children accusing the blues legend’s business manager of financial and welfare abuse has been dismissed by a Las Vegas judge.

B.B. King’s long-time manager Laverne Toney will remain in legal control of the 89-year-old’s affairs.

Three of B.B. King’s children claimed Laverne Toney was stealing money and neglecting the musician’s medical care.

The judge said investigations found no evidence of abuse or reason to take power of attorney from Laverne Toney.BB King children guardianship case

“Mr. King has counsel. I don’t have anything here that says he lacks capacity. He has some serious health issues. But he has counsel. If he feels like he’s being taken advantage of, he has remedies,” the Family Court Hearing Master, Jon Norheim said.

B.B. King, who suffers from diabetes and is currently in home-hospice care, did not attend.

The musician was forced to cancel the remainder of a tour last October when he fell ill during a show, and was later diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion.

The judge’s ruling doesn’t prevent B.B. King’s children from returning to court to press their claim once all family members have been legally informed of the action.

“We lost the battle, but we haven’t lost the war,” his daughter Karen Williams vowed.

B.B. King’s eldest daughter Shirley King said the dispute had brought disrespect to her father’s name.

“I’m not too sure things are right. But my dad would never want this,” she said.

B.B. King is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.


B.B. King has revealed he is in hospice care at home in Las Vegas.

The blues legend posted thanks to fans on his official website on May 1st for well-wishes and prayers.BB King in hospice

Las Vegas police Officer Jesse Roybal says an ambulance was summoned on April 30 to B.B. King’s address and a person was hospitalized following what was characterized as a dispute over medical care.

The hospitalization was the second in a month for the blues singer, who was diagnosed with diabetes decades ago.

In October, B.B. King canceled the final shows of his 2014 tour after falling ill in Chicago.

B.B. King has released more than 50 albums and sold millions of records worldwide.


B.B. King has been hospitalized for a diabetes-related issue, TMZ reports.

B.B. King, 89, was rushed to hospital in Las Vegas over the weekend as a result of dehydration.BB King hospitalized

The legendary blues musician has suffered from Type 2 diabetes for more than 20 years. His camp has not issued a statement yet.

In October 2014, B.B. King was forced to cancel a number of concerts after falling ill. During a performance in St. Louis, fans began to leave early because of B.B. King’s reported erratic performance.

Shortly thereafter, B.B. King announced that he was cancelling the remaining eight shows to focus on his health.

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BB King has canceled the remaining eight performances of his current US tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion.

According to his website, BB King, 89, was taken ill during a performance in Chicago on October 3.

The tour was to have included two shows at BB King’s own blues club in New York.

BB King has canceled the remaining eight performances of his current US tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion

BB King has canceled the remaining eight performances of his current US tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion

The veteran bluesman has diabetes and was briefly in hospital in 2007.

Earlier this year, BB King issued a public apology to fans after a performance in St Louis that led to audience catcalls and walkouts.

BB King’s publicists called it “a bad night for one of America’s living blues legends” that had fallen short of King’s “usual standard of excellence”.

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