B.B. King Hospitalized
Blues legend B.B. King has been hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment, his representative confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.
The 89-year-old musician has battled Type II diabetes for more than 20 years, but it’s unknown if his condition led to his hospitalization. A request for more information was not immediately returned by King’s spokesperson.
Last October, the bluesman was forced to cancel eight gigs of his tour after falling ill following a show at Chicago’s House of Blues. ”[King] 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 cancelled,” a statement on his site read at the time.
King has spent more than 65 years on the road, playing more than 300 shows a year until slowly cutting back in the last decade, though he still plays more than 100 shows annually.
“I’m slower,” he told Rolling Stone last year. “As you get older, your fingers sometimes swell. Now you understand what I’m trying to say? So that do happen sometimes, but I’ve never missed a job from having this happened and I’ve never missed…let’s see…I’ve missed 18 days in 65 years. Sometimes guys will just take off; I’ve never done that. If I’m booked to play, I go and play.”
And he didn’t think twice why. “The crowds treat like my last name. When I go onstage people usually stand up, I never ask them to, but they do. They stand up and they don’t know how much I appreciate it.”
In 2011, King was voted Number 6 on Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Guitarists list.
Additional reporting by Patrick Doyle