BB King tells fans he’s ‘feeling much better’ following hospitalisation

The blues legend will be discharged from the Las Vegas hospital later today (April 7)

Blues musician BB King has released a statement, telling fans he is “feeling much better” following his recent hospitalisation.

The guitarist and singer was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas over the weekend, with TMZ citing the emergency as “the result of dehydration from his Type II diabetes”.

A statement from King has today (April 7) been posted on his Facebook page, which reads: “I want to thank everyone for their concern and good wishes. I’m feeling much better & am leaving the hospital today.”

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.