B.B. King Dead: Hollywood Stars, Musicians Praise ‘The King of Blues’

Artists like Lenny Kravitz and Snoop Dogg pay tribute to iconic blues guitarist and singer

Last Updated: May 15, 2015 @ 9:38 AM

After news broke Thursday night that iconic blues musician B.B. King died peacefully in his sleep, countless fans took to social media to pay tribute.

Artists like Lenny Kravitz and Snoop Dogg posted tributes to 89-year-old guitarist, while others including “Tomorrowland” star Hugh Laurie — who played the guitar-loving Dr. Gregory House on Fox’s “House” — and fellow musical luminary Gladys Knight chimed in with their own thoughts, as well.

Morgan Freeman, who narrated documentary “B.B. King: The Life of Riley,” went as far as to say King’s death was such a loss to humanity that it “created a hole in the universe.”

“Needless to say, BB was the greatest blues icon on the planet. He kept us rocking and rolling throughout a seventy year career,” Freeman said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. “His passing created a hole in the universe.”

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, King was born in Mississippi in 1925. He was ranked No. 6 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time after gifting the world with hits “Everyday I Have the Blues,” “The Thrill Is Gone” and “Sweet 16.”

Read the reactions from artists of all kinds that loved “The King of Blues” below:

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