Blues legend BB King died from a series of mini strokes brought on by diabetes.
Clark County coroner John Fedenberg told the Associated Press that the 89-year guitarist’s official cause of death was Multi-Infarct Dementia (MID), also known as Vascular Dementia.
King had been a long-time sufferer of type 2 diabetes. The dementia affected his brain function and the strokes were set off by reduced blood flow.
BB King died in Las Vegas on Thursday at age 89. He has been remembered by President Obama, Morgan Freeman, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Lenny Kravitz.
God bless BB King peace and love to his family Ringo and Barbarax😎✌️🌟💖
— Ringo Starr (@ringostarrmusic) May 15, 2015
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) May 15, 2015
Very sad. BB KING: Rest In Peace.. http://t.co/VHNZhg6H2l
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 15, 2015
My friend and ledgend BB King passed.. I'm so so sad….he was so great to me… We've lost the King….. My love and prayers to his family.
— RICHIE SAMBORA (@TheRealSambora) May 15, 2015
— Allen Toussaint (@AllenToussaint) May 15, 2015
— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) May 15, 2015
The thrill really is gone. RIP BB King. Lucille is alone.
— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 15, 2015
Play a BB King song today & remember him! RIP Mr King & thanks for all the Great Music!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) May 15, 2015
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