B.B. King, ‘King of the Blues,’ Is Hospitalized

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Blues legend B.B. King holds his Grammy award for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2000. (Credit: Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)

Legendary blues musician B.B. King has been hospitalized, his representatives confirmed to the Los Angeles Times, but his daughter later said he “is much better.”

King’s daughter, Claudette, told The Times that her father was suffering from dehydration caused by his Type II diabetes.

Born Riley B. King, the 89-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was diagnosed with the disease more than two decades ago.

His hits include 1950s R&B piece “Three O’Clock Blues,” 1970’s “The Thrill Is Gone” and 1989’s “When Love Comes to Town,” a collaboration with U2.

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