B.B. King, the guitarist who rose from Mississippi’s cotton fields of to become one of the leading lights of the electric blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89.
News of King’s death was reported to the Associated Press by his attorney, Brent Bryson.
King had been admitted to a Las Vegas hospital on Thursday, April 30, after suffering a heart attack. He has been in home hospice care since returning home shortly afterward.
King has been suffering complications of Type II diabetes since last October, when he was forced to cancel a tour. He was admitted to the hospital for diabetes-related dehydration and exhaustion in early April of this year.
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