Musical icon, BB King passed away in his sleep last night at is Las Vegas home.
He was 89 years old.
The son of Mississippi sharecroppers, Riley B. King adopted his famous moniker, BB — Blues Boy– while working as a disc jockey in Memphis. He then took that on through a 60 year -long career that influenced the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and countless others.
According to his daughter, Shirley King, he didn’t spend his last moments surrounded by family. She released a statement via CBS News:
“I’m just very torn up they wouldn’t let me see my father since he passed. I don’t know what to say. I cant believe they went to fighting and they kept him away from the family so he could go and not have the family say goodbye,” she said.
“I hope that I can get some media investigate what’s going on. Something’s not right about this picture. We should be able to see him in his last moments. I got a call from someone in the news media and that’s how I found out initially.
“I appreciate the great man he was and hill always be a famous icon. Those moments should have never been stolen from me. He was a family man who took care of his whole family. He will always live in my heart. God Bless”
After selling millions of albums across the globe, BB King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984, which is just one of his great achievements. In addition to continuing to tour well into his 80’s, he received honors such as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.