Thousands attend BB King open casket viewing in Mississippi

The late blues guitarist will be buried on Saturday (May 30)

Thousands of fans attended an open casket viewing of the body of late blues musician BB King on Friday (May 29).

The blues legend passed away in his sleep aged 89 on May 14 and will be buried in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on Saturday (May 30).

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After Carlos Santana, Bon Jovi member Richie Sambora and others recently attended a memorial event for King in Las Vegas last week (May 23), fellow blues guitarist Buddy Guy was among more than 3,000 people to attend the event at the BB King Museum in the Mississippi Delta. “His left hand was a special effect,” said Guy, according to Billboard.

The Rolling Stones paid tribute to King during a Twitter Q&A with fans earlier this month (May 18). Jagger and co held their first-ever Q&A on the social networking site ahead next month’s re-release of their ‘Sticky Fingers’ LP. They were asked by fans for their memories of King.

“I was just looking at a picture of me and BB backstage at Madison Square Garden [in 1969],” Jagger told fans. “He played with us at a lot of gigs on that tour. We last played with him in a blues concert at the White House. It’s sad. He had such a huge, long career. It’s sad that we won’t be listening to him live anymore.”

Keith Richards finished by describing King as “one of the greats”, continuing, “BB was a great guy. He was one of the true gentlemen, and I shall miss him a lot. At least we have his records. Farewell, BB.”