The death of B.B. King, the legendary blues artist at age 89 has brought forth an outpouring of reactions on Twitter as fellow music artists, celebrities and public figures express condolences, share tributes and memories. Here is a roundup of what is being said of the beloved music icon.
The sad news broke on Friday, May 15th that B.B. King had passed away at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. It had been previously reported widely that he had entered hospice care. Family members confirmed the death to multiple news outlets, and a statement was also posted on King’s official Web site, taking as its title one of his signature songs, “The Thrill Is Gone.”
The scope of his influence is immeasurable, as he was one of the last of our pioneering blues artists who brought this uniquely American art form from the Mississippi Delta to the entire world. Despite advancing age and illness, B.B. King continued to perform up until a few months before his death. As news of the passing of this giant in the music world spread quickly. Many hashtags on Twitter began to trend, #RIPBBKing and #BBKing in particular.
As social media is our gathering place for times of such sorrow, music artists, celebrities, public figures and fans alike shared their thoughts on the passing of a legend.
Here is a roundup of what is being said.
— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) May 15, 2015
God bless BB King peace and love to his family Ringo and Barbarax😎✌️🌟💖
— Ringo Starr (@ringostarrmusic) May 15, 2015
The first time I got my heart broken, it was B.B. King's music that expressed emotions I couldn't. https://t.co/eyknamZd4L
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 15, 2015
B.B. King. My heart just broke into a million pieces. Not enough space to describe my feelings of the man. Legend, pure, real, teacher..
— Lee Brice (@leebrice) May 15, 2015
"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you" – RIP B.B. King (9/16/25 – 5/14/15)
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) May 15, 2015
Very sad. BB KING: Rest In Peace.. http://t.co/VHNZhg6H2l
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 15, 2015
The thrill is gone but never-to-be forgotten. Rest in peace B.B. King😓
— Myles Kennedy (@MylesKennedy) May 15, 2015
Rest In Peace, B.B. King and Lucille. pic.twitter.com/teenZyymaD
— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) May 15, 2015
"Up on a mountain I'm drowning in the sea All the clocks say midnight When the blues come over me" Rest in peace, B.B. King
— Alexander William (@AlexAllTimeLow) 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
Sad to hear B.B. King has left us. I loved collaborating with him, loved his music, & his spirit. He changed music forever. God bless him.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) May 15, 2015
Oh God. BB King. Let the sad times roll.
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) May 15, 2015
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) May 15, 2015
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 15, 2015
When I heard B.B. King for the first time he was singing The Thrill Is Gone. The way he played & sang brought tears to my eyes. #RIPBBKing
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) May 15, 2015
Reactions to the death of B.B. King continue to pour in, as continue to be trending topics on Twitter and many continue to share their thoughts, memories, appreciation and love for the legend who sadly is no longer with us.
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