King was born in Mississippi, and began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of artists and work with Eric Clapton and U2. He was ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time. King had been suffering ill health in recent months.
Many took to social media to pay tribute to King;
God bless BB King peace and love to his family Ringo and Barbarax😎✌️🌟💖
— Ringo Starr (@ringostarrmusic) May 15, 2015
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) May 15, 2015
Very sad. BB KING: Rest In Peace.. http://t.co/VHNZhg6H2l
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 15, 2015
Play a BB King song today & remember him! RIP Mr King & thanks for all the Great Music!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) May 15, 2015
Eric Clapton posted this heartfelt tribute on his Faceboook page.