- Category : Entertain-Music-Instrumentalist
- Type : GE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Eden 3
American R&B singer, considered by many to be the top blues master of his generation, putting out more than 70 albums. A workaholic and perfectionist, he had many tours and made a lot of money but most of it went to the U.S. government along with other pockets of extravagance or bad financial moves. His guitar and voice were formidable instruments, showcasing technique, phrasing, impact and sheer musicality.
King frankly relates his womanizing in his autobiography, starting with the loss of his virginity at age six. He had some 15 kids by as many women, all to support, a sexual appetite that cut into his time and money, along with habitual gambling. Deeply self-conscious about his lack of formal education, King taught himself to read music and spent his lifetime aiming to raise the tradition of "down and dirty blues" into equal status with other types of music.
He died peacefully in his sleep in hospice care at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 9:40PM on 14 May 2015. His cause of death was a series of small strokes attributable to his longstanding battle with type 2 diabetes.