'King of the Blues' legend B.B. King dead at age 89

Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says. Attorney Brent Bryson tells The Associated Press that King died

FILE - In this June 26, 2010 file photo, B.B. King performs during the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago.  King died Thursday, May 14, 2015, peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at age 89, his lawyer said.    (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

FILE - In this June 26, 2010 file photo, B.B. King performs during the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. King died Thursday, May 14, 2015, peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at age 89, his lawyer said. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) (5/15/15)

LAS VEGAS - Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says.
    
Attorney Brent Bryson tells The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.
    
The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the blues and influenced a generation of musicians with his heartfelt vocals and soaring guitar on songs such as "The Thrill Is Gone."
    
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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