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Legendary blues singer and guitarist BB King has died

Published 15/05/2015 | 07:38

Legendary blues singer and guitarist BB King has died.

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The 'King of the Blues' was 89 when he passed away on May 14 in Las Vegas.

The Rock  Me Baby, and Sweet BLack Angel hitmaker rose to prominence in the 1940s and later worked with stars including U2 and Eric Clapton.

The star, who earned 15 Grammys in the course of his career, was reportedly ill for some time and was recently admitted to hospital.

However, his lawyer Brent Bryson said that King died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas.

The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the blues and influenced a generation of musicians with his heartfelt vocals and soaring guitar on songs such as The Thrill Is Gone.

King sold millions of records worldwide and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

King played a Gibson guitar that he affectionately called Lucille and was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists including Eric Clapton.

He was awarded his 15th Grammy in 2009 in the traditional blues album category for One Kind Favor.

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