In this file photo taken Aug. 22, 2012, B.B. King performs at the 32nd annual B.B. King Homecoming, a concert on the grounds of an old cotton gin where he worked as a teenager in Indianola, Miss. The Blues legend King is telling fans he’s in hospice care at home in Las Vegas. The 89-year-old musician posted thanks to fans on his official website Friday, May 1, 2015, for well-wishes and prayers.

Blues musician B.B. King is in home hospice care in Las Vegas, according to his official website.

The announcement was made Friday with the message: “Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers.”

Requests for additional information were not immediately answered.

Born Riley B. King, the 89-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was hospitalized last month because of dehydration caused by his Type 2 diabetes, his daughter Claudette said.

His hits include the 1950s R&B piece “Three O’Clock Blues,” 1970’s “The Thrill Is Gone” and 1989’s “When Love Comes to Town,” a collaboration with U2.

King, born in Mississippi, began his recording career in the 1940s and has released more than 50 albums, according to his official website.

Also known as the “King of the Blues,” he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Rolling Stone and Gibson have ranked him among the greatest guitar players of all time.


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