B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In death, as in life, B.B. King drew fans to his side in Las Vegas.

A funeral home manager says more than 1,000 people streamed past the guitar-flanked casket of the King of the Blues during a four-hour public viewing Friday.

King died May 14 at home in Las Vegas.

The 89-year-old music legend, known for hits like “The Thrill Is Gone” and “Everyday I Have the Blues,” wouldn’t have been downhearted about the turnout.

One of 11 surviving children, his daughter Rita, says she knows he’s just loving the send-off.

It’s all part of one last B.B. King homecoming tour.

A memorial service is set for Saturday in Las Vegas.

He’ll arrive Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee, on the way to his final burial May 30 in Indianola, Mississippi.