Legendary Blues singer and guitarist BB King is dead. He was 89. The " The Thrill is Gone" hitmaker died in his sleep in Las Vegas on Thursday, reports bbc.co.uk.
Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s. He went on to influence a generation of musicians, working with Eric Clapton and U2.
B.B King playing in Nice, France during the "Nice Jazz Festival" in 2002. Photo: AFP
Once considered the third greatest guitarist of all time, King had been suffering ill health in recent months.
He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.
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A former farmhand, King was awarded his 15th Grammy award in 2009 for his album "One kind favor". to both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He was also inducted inBlues musician B.B. King posing with his Grammy Awards during the 43rd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California in 2001. Photo: AFP
Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Until recently, King performed in at least 100 concerts a year.
Top 10 popular BB King numbers
The Thrill Has Gone
Nobody Loves Me but My Mother
Why I Sing the Blues
Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
Cook County Jail Introduction
All Over Again
How Blue Can You Get