Blues legend B.B. King, known for his soaring guitar licks and as an inspiration for generations of musicians over a decades-long career, has died at the age of 89, his daughter told CNN early on Friday.
Patty King said her father, a singular figure of US music history, was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital this month after suffering from dehydration. US media reports said King died late Thursday in Las Vegas.
King played a guitar he famously called “Lucille” and had been inducted into both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
His signature song was “The Thrill is Gone.”