LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess) — Blues icon B.B. King was taken to a hospital near his home in Las Vegas, reportedly suffering from complications of diabetes
King's daughter Claudette confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the legendary blues guitarist had been brought low by dehydration, a side effect of the type II diabetes King has had for more than 20 years. Claudette told the Times that King was still in the hospital much doing "much better."
The 89-year-old King canceled the remainder of his tour late last year after taking ill at a concert in at the House of Blues in Chicago, and hasn't performed since.
A statement released on King's website following the Chicago show said:
"He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion, whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be canceled. "
King's career dates back to 1949, when he released his first single "Miss Martha King." Since then, he has won sixteen Grammy awards, been inducted in the both the Blues and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame and has been recognized as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time. – Staff Writers