Blues legend B.B. King is resting in his Las Vegas home in hospice care according to a longtime business associate with legal control over his affairs.
The 89-year-old musician posted thanks on his official website for fans’ well-wishes and prayers after he returned home from a brief hospitalization, said Laverne Toney, King’s longtime business manager and current power-of-attorney.
“Mr. King is where he wishes to be,” Toney said. “He’s always told me he doesn’t want to be in a hospital. He wants to be at home.”
Las Vegas police officer Jesse Roybal summoned an ambulance Thursday after what he characterized as a domestic dispute over medical care. According to Roybal, there were no arrests and no criminal complaint was filed.
Toney disputed reports by celebrity website TMZ citing one of King’s daughters as saying she called police because she was upset about her father’s condition and that he had suffered a minor heart attack. Efforts by the Associated Press to reach the daughter, Patty King, were not immediately successful.
The hospital treated him for complications of high blood pressure and diabetes that he was diagnosed with decades ago.
King was hospitalized earlier in April and posted a similar message to fans when he returned home on April 7.
The final shows of his 2014 tour last October were canceled after he fell ill in Chicago.
King is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has released more than 50 albums with millions of records sold worldwide.
His guitar, famously named Lucille, has soared and wailed in songs ranging from “Every Day I Have the Blues” to “When Love Comes to Town” to “The Thrill is Gone.”