The “King of the Blues”, guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89.

The “King of the Blues”, guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89.

King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and work with Eric Clapton and U2.

Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months.

He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.

Riley Ben King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known by his stage name B.B. King, American Hall of Fame blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.