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B.B. King Dies at 89: Music World Mourns 'King of Blues'

King died Thursday at his Las Vegas home after suffering from diabetes. His nearly 70-year career was an inspiration to generations of blues fans.

B.B. King, 1925-2015

May 15, 201501:40

The music world shared tributes Friday honoring beloved bluesman B.B. King, who died Thursday at age 89 in his Las Vegas home.

A long list of entertainers have acknowledged King and his legendary guitar licks as inspirations — including the Beatles, Lenny Kravitz, and Eric Clapton, who collaborated with King on the Grammy-winning 2000 album "Riding with the King."

"He was a beacon for all of us who loved this kind of music, and I thank him from the bottom of my heart," Clapton said in a video posted to Facebook.

Other musicians described the impact of his talent:


— Erik Ortiz