Blues Icon B.B. King dies at 89

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The music world has lost a legend. The iconic blues guitarist and for many the face of a uniquely American b form of music Blues Boy King died today in Las Vegas after being admitted to the hospital. According, to his daughter Claudette King, B.B. King suffered from dehydration related to type II diabetes. He had been receiving hospice case.  King was 89.

King suffered from dehydration related to type II diabetes and was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital this month, according to Angela Moore, the family spokesperson.

Born Riley B. King, the singer, songwriter, and producer began playing in the 1940s. The Mississippi native was considered one of the best to play the Gibson guitar, which he named “Lucille.” Tributes to king have populating social media. Those who knew and were influence by king have begun to share their memories of the star.

The sudden news of King’s death has sparked tributes. Florida A&M University Department of Music Assist. Professor Dr. Carlos Vega was saddened to hear of King’s passing.

“I've always enjoyed listening to B.B. King’s music and marveled at the level of beauty and clarity of his artistry as a guitarist and singer,”

With over 50 albums released and 15 Grammy awards King has successfully left his mark on the music scene with his distinctive playing style.  Randy Lewis, a music journalist from the Los Angeles Times, expressed how King was as a person.

“He was one the kindest most humble human beings you ever want to meet. He [King] always gave credit to others. He was admired and never showed any flashes of ego” Lewis told CNN.

Wayne Westley Jr., a drum major for FAMU marching 100 acknowledge King’s role in his life as a musician.

“King’s Music had a huge impact on the style of music I like to listen to as well play while in a musical ensemble,” said Westley.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and in 2012 performed at the White House; Red, White, and Blues during which President Barack Obama sang part of “Sweet Home Chicago.” King was also inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

The man who inspired a franchise of restaurant-music calls, the B.B. King house of blues, may have said it best when describing his own style: King says said  it best, “when I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.”

At this time there are no funeral arrangements.