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B.B. King hospitalized with dehydration

B.B. King plays his signature guitar "Lucille" in 1989. Photo by Roland Godefroy (Creative Commons).

Blues legend B.B. King has been hospitalized, his representatives have confirmed to the Los Angeles Times, with an undisclosed ailment. TMZ is reporting that King was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital this weekend due to complications from Type II diabetes, but no further information regarding King’s condition or location has been confirmed. King, 89, has been in ill health since last fall, when he canceled several shows due to dehydration and exhaustion.

Update 4/7: King is suffering from dehydration resulting from diabetes but “is much better,” his daughter tells the Los Angeles Times.

B.B. King is one of the greatest living legends of the blues, widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists of all time. The signature style the Mississippi native made famous in the 1950s was an important influence on the development of rock and roll and R&B, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

King’s stamina as a performer has been remarkable: as recently as ten years ago he was playing 300 shows a year, and even after cutting back, until his health failed last year he was still playing about 100 shows a year.