The world of Music lost a blues' legend yesterday with the sad news of the death of B.B. King at the age of 89. The multi-million selling artist and Grammy Award winner passed away peacefully at his home in Las Vegas, according to his lawyer Brent Bryson.

Battled against diabetes

King had battled against diabetes for many years, having been diagnosed more than a quarter of a century ago as a 'Type 2' diabetic. After a spell in hospital for treatment relating to the condition last month, the artist discharged himself in favour of receiving treatment at his home instead.

Hall of Fame inductee

Riley B. King, more popularly known by his stage name of 'B.B. King', was an extremely talented Mississippi-born singer, songwriter and guitarist. His style of music inspired and influenced a generation of blues' performers that came after him, and his records sold millions worldwide, besides bagging him 15 Grammy Awards. American music fans and critics honoured him by inducting King into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. His enduring popularity was rewarded only last year by his induction into the R&B Music Hall of Fame.

Favoured by American presidents

American presidents also recognised his abilities, with George H.W. Bush awarding him the National Medal of Arts.

His son, George W. Bush later presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2012, King was among a number of artists that made a special performance at the White House. Barack Obama even joined in on one of the tracks, lending his vocals to "Sweet Home Chicago".

Longevity and durability

Ever the consummate professional, King continued touring into his eighties, such was his love of the blues sound and for performing live.

It was believed that his seemingly tireless schedule included over 200 stage shows on average per year, even into his 70s. One estimate for 1956 suggested that King appeared in a staggering 342 shows in that year alone, such was his dedication to his music.

British fans were also familiar with B.B. King's sound. In 2011 he performed at the Glastonbury Music Festival and also at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Up to date

King was not one to be left behind in the past nor to ignore the new musicians coming through. He frequently contributed to the albums of younger artists, helping them where he could to develop their careers. One such example was when he recorded for the debut album of Big K.R.I.T. a rapper and producer also from Mississippi. He was a fan of social media as well, commonly taking to Facebook to send messages to his massive fan base, who will miss him greatly now that he has passed away.