B.B. King Is Receiving Hospice Care
A day after suffering a minor heart attack, B.B. King has returned to his Las Vegas residence and is receiving home hospice care. The legendary blues guitarist, singer and bandleader is 89 years old.
Yesterday, the following message from him was posted on his Facebook page. "I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas. Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers. B.B. King."
What appear to be King's last days have not been without controversy. As he was taken to the hospital this week, his daughter, Patty, charged his manager, Laverne Toney, with elder abuse. She claims that Toney, who has power of attorney over King, overruled Patty's wish to have him seek treatment. It was only after the police were called that a team of paramedics took him to the hospital.
Last year, Patty accused Toney of elder abuse and burglary, alleging that she has taken up to $30 million of King's money and jewelry, including a ring valued at $250,000, and withheld his diabetes medication from him while on tour. No charges were filed.
In a career spanning nearly 70 years, Riley B. King went from a disk jockey at WDIA in Memphis -- where he acquired the nickname "Blues Boy," which was shortened to "B.B." -- to arguably the most important global ambassador of the blues. Playing his trademark black Gibson ES-355, which he named "Lucille," his recordings, particularly those from the '50s through the '70s, have been incredibly influential to generations of blues musicians.
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