BB King, the King of Blues, dies at 89

15 May 2015, 08:29 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29

BB King

The ‘King of the Blues’ guitarist and singer BB King has died aged 89.

King, known for his hits Lucille and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months. He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.

King was inducted into both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Until recently, King performed in at least 100 concerts a year.

At the age of  75, he once again achieved major commercial success with the Eric Clapton collaboration Riding With the King.

RIP BB King.