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yeah nnnnn , nmdot nmdot in las vegas thursday night he was eighty nine years old he had been in hospice care at his home after being hospitalized last month for dehydration side effect of diabetes the killer blues was known for his long term love affair with the gibson guitars he named lucille he influenced a generation of musicians from eric clapton to stevie ray vaughan born in mississippi king took the blues from rural juke joints to the mainstream he wrote in his autobiography while the civil rights movement was fighting for the respect of black people i felt i was fighting for the respect of the blues he kept performing into his eighties only slowing down when his health began to falter last year