Riley B. King, better known as B.B. King, passed away yesterday at the age of 89.
The legendary guitarist, who is credited with bringing blues from the margins to mainstream, passed away in Las Vegas while under home hospice care after suffering from dehydration.
Throughout his career, the “King of Blues” managed to rack up a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Presidential Medal of Freedom and so many more monumental awards.
King started slowing last year after showing signs of his age and the effects of living for decades with Type II diabetes. Last month King was hospitalized for dehydration in Las Vegas, where he ultimately passed away.
The Mississippi native, who was born on September 16, 1925 on a cotton plantation, came a long way in his 89 years of living. King started off singing with church choirs and went on to share the stage with everyone from U2 and Buddy Guy to Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck, among so many others. The famous guitarist has also influenced so many of today’s top musicians – some of which took to social media to show their love for the late legend.
Kelly Clarkson tweeted, “When I heard B.B. King for the first time he was singing The Thrill Is Gone. They way he played & sand brought tears to my eyes. #RIPBBKing.”
Buddy Guy who had the pleasure of working with King multiple times shares a sweet snap of the two, along with a heartfelt message.
Fellow legend Gladys Knight posted, “What a brilliant man you were. One who will forever be notes as an inspiration to millions globally, RIP #BBKing.” Attached is a video for the two performing, “Please Send Someone to Love Me.”
Other celebs who shared some sweet words for the King included Ringo Starr, Richie Sambora, Al Roker, P. Diddy, Samuel L. Jackson and many more.
B.B. King is survived by his 11 children.