B. B. King


Age: 89

blues singer, songwriter and guitarist whose guitar licks and vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname "King of Blues" who was a mentor to scores of guitarists including Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall, and Keith Richards for most of a career spanning nearly 70 years, who recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world performing 250 or more concerts a year as he played a Gibson guitar he affectionately called "Lucille" with a style that included single-string runs punctuated by loud chords and subtle vibratos, but who continued to perform well into his 80s and had been in declining health after he collapsed during a concert in Chicago in October 2014 blaming dehydration and exhaustion.

Cause of Death: Complications of Alzheimer's disease, congestive heart failure and diabates

Born: September 16, 1925

Died: May 14, 2015

Las Vegas, Nevada