B.B. King, ‘King of the Blues,’ Dies at 89

Blues legend and 15-time Grammy winner B.B. King has passed away. He was 89.

His attorney Brent Bryson confirmed to The Associated Press that King, who was born Riley B. King, died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PST on Thursday (May 14, 2015) at his home is Las Vegas. The news was also announced on King’s website, under the appropriately titled post, “The Thrill Is Gone” (after his 1951 hit of the same name).

King, who has more than 50 albums to his names and performed into his 80s, collapsed last October during a show in Chicago. The musician was also suffering from diabetes.

Earlier this month, following multiple hospitalizations caused by high blood pressure, King’s told fans that he was receiving “home hospice care” in Las Vegas.

B.B. King is survived by 11 children.

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