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Blues legend B.B. King, inspiration to generations of musicians, dies at 89

Blues legend B.B. King, inspiration to generations of musicians, dies at 89

B.B. King, the singer and guitarist who put the blues in a three-piece suit and took the musical genre from the barrooms and back porches of the Mississippi Delta to Carnegie Hall and the world's toniest concert stages with a signature style emulated by generations of blues and rock musicians, has died. He was 89. The 15-time Grammy Award winner died Thursday night in his Las Vegas home, said Angela Moore, representative for his youngest daughter, Claudette. He had struggled in recent years with diabetes. King died peacefully in his sleep, Claudette King told The Times. PHOTOS: B.B. King | Life in Pictures  Early on, King transcended his musical...

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