Blues Guitarist B.B. King Dead At 89

Friday, May 15th 2015, 7:14 am
By: News On 6

Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his daughter confirmed to CBS News.

Shirley King was distraught, and alluded to a recent court battle, saying his children weren't allowed to be with him when he died.

"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"

Attorney Brent Bryson told The Associated Press King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT Thursday at his home.

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 he affectionately called Lucille and was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists, including Eric Clapton. King and Clapton even did an album together, called "Riding with the King."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.