Blues Legend and Iconic Guitarist, B.B. King, Passes Away at Age 89

The news that music lovers of all kinds dreaded would soon arrive has finally come. B.B. King, widely renowned as the King of the Blues, has passed away at the age of 89.

The iconic guitarist passed away in his sleep on Thursday in Las Vegas, his attorney told the Associated Press.

The news is heartbreaking to many but doesn’t come as a huge surprise considering King’s recent string of trips to the hospital due to medical issues related to his diabetes. His passing marks the end of a nearly 30-year-long battle with diabetes that forced him to cancel eight tour dates back in October.

For more than 60 years, King has been the source of a truly genuine and rare sound that has been praised even by those who know nothing of the world of blues—nothing other than the name of its beloved king.

It’s a title that is easily supported by King’s 15 Grammy Awards and his permanent spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

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