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R.I.P. — Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89

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R.I.P. — Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89

The thrill will never go away (via Twitter)

The thrill will never go away (via Twitter)

LAS VEGAS — Blues legend “King of the Blues” Riley B. King, best known as B.B. King died last night in Las Vegas. He was 89.

King had been battling diabetes and was put in hospice care two weeks ago.

Few men have had careers as long and celebrated as the man who was known for his sweet voice and skillful way with a guitar named Lucille.

Performing in New York in the late 1980s (via Ronzoni)

Performing in New York in the late 1980s (via Ronzoni)

He won 15 Grammys, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and Rolling Stone called him the third greatest guitarist of all time.

King started performing in the 1940s and only slowed his touring schedule a few years ago.

B.B. King kept a heavy touring schedule into his 80s! (Press Line/ Splash News photo)

B.B. King kept a heavy touring schedule into his 80s! (Press Line/ Splash News photo)

Beyond bringing the blues mainstream, inspiring three generations of musicians and doing unexpected collaborations, like the one with U2 on Rattle and Hum, King also opened a chain of restaurants: BB King’s Blues Club.

There were two in Florida, one at CityPlace that recently closed and another in Orlando.

B.B. King almost made President Barack Obama look cool during a 2012 performance at the White House (White House photo)

B.B. King almost made President Barack Obama look cool during a 2012 performance at the White House (White House photo)

Since his death, fellow musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to the man.

“BB King was the greatest guy I ever met,” blues guitarist Buddy Guy wrote on Instagram.

SunFest peformer Lenny Kravitz tweeted, “BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one.”

“B.B.” stood for Blues Boy, the name he used as a Memphis disc jockey. He both brought us the blues and a great deal of joy.

R.I.P. Mr. King.

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