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B.B. King Dead at 89

King of Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas. He was 89.

His attorney Brent Bryson confirmed the news to the AP saying King died in his sleep at 9:40 pm PT at his home in Las Vegas on Thursday.

B.B. King performs in Indianola, Miss., on Aug. 22, 2012 - Rogelio V Solis—AP

B.B. King performs in Indianola, Miss., on Aug. 22, 2012 – Rogelio V Solis—AP

From TIME:

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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