King died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday evening
King’s health had been declining over recent years, with the guitarist being hospitalized in April with symptoms of dehydration. And last year, King, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes more than 20 years ago, was forced to cancel a string of tour dates due to his ailing health.
He passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home, according to his lawyer. Ringo Starr was among the first to offer his condolences, Tweeting: “God bless BB King peace and love to his family.”
“Sad to hear B.B. King has left us,” wrote Brad Paisley. “I loved collaborating with him, loved his music, & his spirit. He changed music forever. God bless him.”
Lenny Kravitz added a tender tribute of his own, writing: “BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one.”
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