BB King cause of death confirmed

Blues musician died in his sleep through diabetes related illness

BB King died of a series of small strokes related to his type 2 diabetes, it has been confirmed.

Billboard reports that King, who passed away in his sleep on Thursday (May 14), died of multi-infarct dementia, also known as MID or vascular dementia.

Dr. Darin Brimhall and Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg both confirmed that King’s strokes resulted from reduced blood flow as a consequence of his lengthy battle with diabetes.

King, who had been recording music and performing live since the late 1940s, died aged 89. The Mississippi-born musician, best known for his hits ‘Lucille’, ‘Sweet Black Angel’ and ‘Rock Me Baby’, had worked with artists including Eric Clapton and U2.

Among those speaking in honour of King include former Beatle Ringo Starr, hip-hop group Wu Tang Clan, rapper Chuck D, Kiss’ Gene Simmons, Diplo, Cat Power, Slash, Edwyn Collins, Lenny Kravitz, Pulled Apart By Horses and more. Non-musicians that have paid their respects include President Barack Obama, Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Laurie and Lenny Henry.

King was awarded 15 Grammies during his lifetime. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.