BB King hospitalised after suffering from dehydration

The blues guitarist was rushed to hospital over the weekend in Las Vegas

Blues musician BB King has been rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas.

The blues guitarist was hospitalised over the weekend, with TMZ citing the emergency as “the result of dehydration from his Type II diabetes”.

A representative of King told the website that he “remains hospitalized at a medical center close to his Vegas home”.

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.