The message at B.B. King’s official website was simple enough “Mr. King passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 pm Pacific time May 14 2015.”
According to USA Today:
B.B. King spread joy to millions by giving them the blues.
The iconic musician, along with his ever-present guitar Lucille, spent nearly 70 years thrilling audiences and spreading the music he learned as a poverty-stricken youth in the Mississippi Delta all over the world.
King, 89, died in Las Vegas, his attorney announced late Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
“Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you,” King told USA TODAY in 2005. “I could play the blues and then not be blue anymore.’