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'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

Matthew S. Gunby, The Daily Times via AP<br>
In this Feb. 16, 2007, file photo, B.B. King performs at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, in Salisbury, Maryland. King died Thursday, May 14, 2015, peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at age 89, his lawyer said.

Matthew S. Gunby, The Daily Times via AP<br> In this Feb. 16, 2007, file photo, B.B. King performs at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, in Salisbury, Maryland. King died Thursday, May 14, 2015, peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at age 89, his lawyer said.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says.

Attorney Brent Bryson tells The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.

The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the blues and influenced a generation of musicians with his heartfelt vocals and soaring guitar on songs such as "The Thrill Is Gone."

King sold millions of records worldwide and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

King played a Gibson guitar that he affectionately called Lucille and was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists including Eric Clapton.

He was awarded his 15th Grammy in 2009 in the traditional blues album category for "One Kind Favor."

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