LAS VEGAS, NV – B.B. King, the legendary blues singer, songwriter and guitarist died in his Las Vegas home on Thursday.
B.B. King’s attorney Brent Bryson told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. local time. King had been in hospice care.
The 15-time Grammy winner was suffering from diabetes and during the past year was faced with declining health. In October of last year B.B. King collapsed during a concert in Chicago, blaming it on dehydration and exhaustion.
King’s career spanned close to 70 years and he was considered the undisputed king of the blues and is credited with mentoring guitarists including Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards. He recorded more than 50 albums, touring the world until as recently as this year. He had been known to perform over 250 concerts a year.
King played a Gibson guitar he referred to as Lucille, playing a unique style that included beautifully crafted single-string runs, vibratos and bent notes.
King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 followed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He also received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush.
Other Grammys included best male rhythm `n’ blues performance in 1971 for “The Thrill Is Gone,” best ethnic or traditional recording in 1982 for “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere” and best traditional blues recording or album several times.
King’s final Grammy was in 2009 for the best blues album “One Kind Favor.”
Peter Frampton posted on his Facebook page, “My heart goes out to BB King’s family and all who loved him. A great friend and an amazing guitar player left us peacefully today. We will all miss you BB. RIP”
In early May of this year, King was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital. At that time, his daughter Patty King, said he wasn’t eating and was dehydrated. Patty had contacted police to settle a dispute over whether B.B. needed to be hospitalized, claiming elder abuse.
Evidently there has been a battle over B.B.’s care, between his daughter Patty and B.B.’s longtime manager Laverne Toney. Patty told TMZ that she wanted to take B.B. to the hospital because of his symptoms and lack of appetite.
According to Patty, Toney has power of attorney over B.B. and refused to take him to the hospital, forcing her to call police. Paramedics were called to the scene and confirmed that he needed to be checked out by doctors.
The tension between Patty and Toney had been brewing for some time. Last November, Patty and her boyfriend filed a police report, claiming elder abuse and burglary. The pair accused Toney and her assistant of stealing $20-$30 million from B.B., withholding his medications while on tour and stealing several Rolexes and a ring valued at $250k.
Through it all, King modestly insisted he was simply maintaining a tradition.
“I’m just one who carried the baton because it was started long before me,” he told the AP in 2008.
GRASS VALLEY, CA – A 17-year-old girl was killed in a head-on crash along Highway 49 in Nevada County Saturday evening.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened just after 7 p.m. Saturday on highway 49 south of Lime Kiln Road near Grass Valley.
The teenage girl was driving a Subaru station wagon when she collided with a Lincoln sedan, killing the teen. No other injuries were reported.
Northbound Highway 49 was closed for several hours as investigators pieced together what happened.
The legendary Joe Cocker has reportedly died at the age of 70. Cocker had been battling lung cancer.
According to the BBC, The Sheffield born singer song-writer died of an undisclosed illness on Sunday. His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed his death.
Cocker had a career spanning 4 decades with hits including “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong.”
Marshall told the BBC that “it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts.”
Cocker gained fame as a pop star back in 1968 when he released his version of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help from My Friends.”
His duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong” – from An Officer And A Gentleman – won him a both a Grammy and an Academy Award in 1983.
Last year his arena tour across Europe saw him achieve a number one album in Germany and give what was to be his final concert in Hammersmith, London, in June.
SAN LEANDRO, CA – A woman in her 30s apparently stepped in front of a BART train Thursday morning, closing the San Leandro BART station.
According to BART police, the San Leandro BART station is closed after a fatal incident on the tracks involving a female. There have been conflicting reports around the age of the female, but BART officials have confirmed that she is in her 30s and based on witness descriptions it appears the woman jumped in front of the train.
The station was closed at approximately 9:30 Thursday morning after reports of a person being trapped under a train. BART police confirmed the fatality just after 10 a.m.
Trains were being turned around at Fruitvale and Bay Fair stations, and there is no service between them at this time.
A bus bridge is being put into place and there currently is no estimated time for service restoration.
LINCOLN, CA – A woman is dead after falling out of a moving vehicle her husband was driving Wednesday evening, this after an argument between the couple.
According to the Lincoln Police Department, 35-year-old Stacia Loraine Delao, of Lincoln, died after sustaining injuries when she tumbled out of the vehicle she had been riding in with her husband.
It happened just before 5 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of O and Fourth Streets. Delao was a passenger in a 2004 Chevrolet Astrovan, that was driven by her husband, 38-year-old Joseph Allen Yankovich.
According to investigators, the couple started arguing in the area of Third Street and Joiner Parkway, when Delao attempted to get out of the van. Yankovich continued driving while trying to keep his wife inside the vehicle. Delao fell onto the roadway where she was struck by a vehicle.
Emergency responders found Delao unresponsive and she was rushed to a local hospital where she later died.
Yankovich was arrested for driving under the influence, causing bodily injury.
ROSEVILLE, CA – A woman was attempting to remove her bicycle from the rear of an SUV when the vehicle started rolling backwards.
According to police, 54-year-old Bernadette Ann Richardson, parked her Ford Explorer on Rosemary Court in the Highland Reserve neighborhood last Friday. She left the engine running and got out of the vehicle to remove her bike from the rear compartment of the SUV.
For unknown reasons the vehicle started to roll backwards pinning Richardson underneath the vehicle.
Richardson was rushed to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she died on Wednesday.
SHASTA COUNTY, CA – A body has been found in the area of the Bully fire in Shasta County.
According to authorities, there have been 13 injuries and now one death attributed to the now 11,000 acre blaze. The body was discovered yesterday near a home north of Platina Road. Officials believe the victim was killed Friday trying to flee the area.
The fire started Friday, July 11, and quickly spread due to the dry conditions in the area.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection arrested 37-year-old Freddie Alexander Smoke III late Friday for allegedly starting the Bully fire.
Investigators believe the fire started when Smoke drove a large rental truck off-road and into an illegal marijuana grow site near Roaring Creek and Sargent roads. It appears the truck’s exhaust ignited the extremely dry grass.
As of this morning the fire had consumed close to 11,000 acres and destroyed 18 structures. There are currently 68 structures being threatened.
Cooler temperatures and higher humidity have brought some relief to firefighting efforts who have estimated the fire to be close to 50 percent contained.
SACRAMENTO, CA – The manhunt for the man police believed killed 31-year-old Kelsey Snyder at her Midtown apartment on Saturday has ended after US Border Patrol agents apprehended the suspect.
According to Sacramento Police, 34-year-old Mohammad Joseph Khan is currently in the custody of the US Border Patrol. The Sacramento Police Department is working with the FBI to gain custody of Khan and have him extradited to Sacramento.
Khan is wanted for the murder of Kelsey Snyder, known to her friends as Kelsey Kaiser, whose body was discovered at her apartment located on the 1600 block of 17th Street on Saturday, June 28, just after 10 a.m. Friends went to her apartment after Snyder didn’t return their phone calls and text messages.
SACRAMENTO, CA – A manhunt is on for the man who police believe killed 31-year-old Kelsey Snyder at her Midtown apartment on Saturday.
The Sacramento Police Department announced today that 34-year-old Mohammad Joseph Khan is wanted for the murder of Kelsey Snyder, known to her friends as Kelsey Kaiser.
Police are reaching out for the public’s assistance in locating Khan, who is believed to have fled to Mexico and is considered armed and dangerous.
Snyder’s body was discovered at her apartment located on the 1600 block of 17th Street on Saturday just after 10 a.m. Friends went to her apartment after Snyder didn’t return their phone calls and text messages.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to Khan’s whereabouts to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
SACRAMENTO, CA – The woman whose body was discovered by friends at her Midtown Sacramento apartment Saturday morning has been identified.
According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, 31-year-old Kelsey Snyder (Kaiser) was the victim found in her apartment. Friends were concerned after they tried contacting Snyder, so they went to her apartment to check on her welfare.
Sacramento police said Snyder was found just after 10 a.m. in an apartment on the 1600 block of 17th Street. Friends were worried after she didn’t respond to their calls.
Homicide detectives were called in due to apparent trauma on the body. Police said this was not a random incident.