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.