B.B. King is currently in a Las Vegas hospital after having a ‘diabetes-related emergency.’
The 89-year-old blues great was rushed to the hospital from his home over the weekend according to TMZ. A source told the site that King was suffering severe dehydration from Type II diabetes.
King has suffered from the disease for over twenty years and has been a high-profile spokesman for years in the fight to find a cure. He also appeared in a series of commercials earlier this decade with American Idol alum Crystal Bowersox for the OneTouch Ultra diabetes testing device.
The singer/guitarist had been a regular on the touring circuit, performing over 200 shows per year, right up until October 2014 when he had to cancel his appearances due to health issues. According to one source, King has played over 15,000 shows in his career.