Today the world is mourning the loss of B.B. King. The blues legend died at 89 in Las Vegas.
King was known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, and had recently been in hospice care, according to his daughter Patty King. According to Patty,her father suffered from a diabetic related illness and was recently having dehydration issues.
Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians, and working with Eric Clapton and U2.
Fellow musicians and celebrities paid tribute to King including blues guitarist Buddy Guy, who often played with him.
“BB King was the greatest guy I ever met,” he wrote on Instagram.
“The tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings… man, he came out with that and it was all new to whole guitar playin’ world.
“He could play so smooth, he didn’t have to put on a show. The way BB did it is the way we all do it now. He was my best friend and father to us all.”
Lenny Kravitz who tweeted: “BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one.”
The thrill is gone . Long live the king. pic.twitter.com/W9YD4vxBiE
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) May 15, 2015
— Stephanie Mills (@PrettyMill1) May 15, 2015
RIP B.B King.