Update 5/4/2015: Blues fans around the world continue to pray, following the news late last week that BB King was receiving home hospice care.
He had been hospitalized in early April, and an ambulance was dispatched to his Las Vegas home late last week. The 89-year-old legend is diabetic, and is battling high blood pressure, as well.
The story became the cause of controversy, however, due to a report by gossip website TMZ, who claimed that one of Mr. King’s daughters had called police out of anger at the treatment her father was receiving. Members of BB’s family are reportedly trying to wrestle power of attorney away from his longtime business manager, Laverne Toney.
The interference by tabloid media outlets has grieved the hearts of friends and fans of BB King, many of whom took to social media to criticize private pictures made public and the media’s treatment of the story. The Associated Press reports that they attempted to contact Patty King, but were unsuccessful.
Here at Full-Time Blues Radio, we wish to offer heartfelt prayers to BB King, his loved ones and fans; and celebrate the amazing life he has shared with us all for decades. God bless you, BB. You are loved now and forever. – Johnny Full-Time
Previously 10/7/2014: Representatives within BB King’s camp are thanking fans for their support, and informing folks that the King of the Blues is recovering at home. King fell ill October 3, 2014 during a performance at Chicago’s House of Blues. He was evaluated by a doctor, who diagnosed him with dehydration and exhaustion.
BB King is a diabetic who just celebrated his 89th birthday on September 16th. He was forced to cancel the remaining eight shows on this current concert tour. Earlier this year, BB King held a concert performance in St. Louis that was panned by many fans in attendance. Reps for Mr. King cited a medication error as the reason for the show they described “…did not match Mr. King’s usual standard of excellence.”