Contact Us

B.B. King Rushed to Hospital

Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Blues legend B.B. King was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital over the weekend, according to TMZ. The 89-year-old singer and guitarist currently lives in the city.

TMZ’s report states that King’s emergency was related to his diabetes and that he’s still in a local hospital being treated. The site also notes that King’s hospitalization “was the result of dehydration from his Type II diabetes … a condition he’s lived with for more than two decades.”

King was forced to cancel shows last year after he got sick during an early-October show at the House of Blues in Chicago. At the time, his doctors diagnosed him with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion, and recommended he cancel the remaining shows for the year.

About a year ago, King apologized for a concert in St. Louis that took an erratic turn after the bluesman started rambling onstage and didn’t perform a song for more than 45 minutes. That incident, too, was attributed to his diabetes. In this case, his representative said that he had missed his prescribed medicine that day.

King’s career dates back to 1949, when he released his first single. Over the years, he’s recorded with and influenced rock icons like Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and U2. He last released an album in 2008, One Kind Favor, which was produced by T Bone Burnett.

See 2015’s Biggest Rock News Stories

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Worst Snubs

Subscribe to Ultimate Classic Rock on

Next: Led Zeppelin's First Album Re-Imagined

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Ultimate Classic Rock

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!