Blues legend Riley B. King, known as B.B. King, has died on Friday, May 15 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. King was put in hospice care at his home on the Saturday before. King was 89.
King was born on September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Early in his life he made a name for himself in the music business in Memphis, Tennessee by his playing of the blues guitar.
Laverne Toney, the singer’s longtime business manager stated the musician was sympathetic with those who have concerned about his health. King initially told his fans about his hospice care on Facebook on Friday. “I am in home hospice care at my residence,” he said.
According to reports, the blues legend was put in hospital on Thursday for the second time that month. Decades ago, he was diagnosed with diabetes.
Before his death, the Hall of Fame member’s daughter, Patty King, stated he was not eating and was very dehydrated. The week before his death he was observed at the hospital and then put in home hospice care.
By Alex Lemieux
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