While his guitar gently weeps: Public farewell for BB King to be held in Las Vegas

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May 20, 2015 12:13:47 IST

Los Angeles: A public viewing and farewell to BB King will take place on Friday in Las Vegas, where he had a home and passed away in his sleep at the age of 89.

While his guitar gently weeps: Public farewell for BB King to be held in Las Vegas

The king of blues, BB King

Fans will be able to pass by King's open casket to pay their final respects at Palm Mortuary West in Las Vegas, according to the late musician's web site.

King will be buried next week on the grounds of the B B King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, which celebrates the cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta where the blues was born.

The Blues legend was born in 1925 to sharecroppers and worked in cotton fields as a child before picking up a guitar. He would become one of the world's greatest players and "Lucille" one of the world's most famous guitars.

King's health had declined over recent years after battling Type 2 diabetes for over two decades, with the guitarist hospitalised in April. He died on May 14.

PTI

Updated Date: May 20, 2015 12:13:47 IST