BB King receiving ‘home hospice care’ following recent ill health

The blues guitarist was rushed to hospital in Las Vegas during April

Blues musician BB King has confirmed that he’s receiving “home hospice care” following his recent hospitalisation.

The guitarist and singer was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas in April, with the reason cited as “the result of dehydration from his Type II diabetes”. Having previously told fans that he was “feeling much better”, King has now issued an update regarding his health.

“I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas,” King says in a statement posted to his official Facebook page. “Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.”

Last year, King was forced to cancel a number of performances after suffering a fall onstage at a show. The 89-year-old pulled out of eight gigs in total during October 2014, including two dates at his own BB King Blues Club in Times Square, New York. The causes were cited at the time as “dehydration” and “exhaustion”.

In April 2014, the guitarist issued an apology for an erratic performance at the Peabody Opera House in St Louis, which was attributed to a missed a dose of his prescribed medication. “Simply put, it was a bad night for one of America’s living blues legends and Mr King apologises and humbly asks for the understanding of his fans,” wrote a representative of King in a statement.

King has been recording music and performing live since the late 1940s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.