The body of legendary blues musician B.B. King will return to the Mississippi Delta next week, where funeral arrangements are being made in his home town of Indianola. King’s final resting place will be on the grounds of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center.
A public viewing will be held in Las Vegas on Friday from 3pm to 7pm. People will be able to pass King’s open casket to pay their respects however there will not be seating or a memorial service for the public.
King died May 14 at his home in Las Vegas. He suffered a series of strokes attributed to his Type 2 diabetes, from which he has suffered for decades.
During his career, B.B. King had a remarkable influence on some of the best guitar players of all time including Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President H.W. Bush in 1990 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush in 2006. He won 15 Grammy Awards – his most recent in 2009 for his album One Kind Favor – and was inducted into both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He received a Kennedy Center Honor, the international Polar Music Prize, and honorary doctorates from both Yale and Brown.