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Blues singer B.B. King dies, Obama issues statement

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 10:23 AM
In this June 20, 2008 file photo, musician B.B. King performs at the opening night of the 87th season of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, USA.


United States President Barack Obama says there's "going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight."

The US president issued a statement today mourning the death of blues legend B.B. King who died late yesterday at his Las Vegas home.

Obama says, "The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend."

Obama says King rose from a sharecropper's son to become "the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world."

Obama says King gets stuck in your head and gets you doing things you probably shouldn't.

He recalled how he was unexpectedly drawn into singing a few lines of "Sweet Home Chicago" with King when he performed at a White House blues concert three years ago.

Obama says, "B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever."

King died peacefully in his sleep at age 89, his lawyer said.