B.B. King In Hospice At Home: Legendary Blues Musician, 89, Suffers From Diabetes [Video]

Joanne Eglash

B.B. King is in hospice at his home in Las Vegas. The legendary blues musician has battled diabetes for years, and recently was hospitalized, reported the Huffington Post.

The famous singer used his website to express his appreciation for prayers and positive wishes from his fans, noted Laverne Toney. In addition to serving as his business manager, Toney has the power of attorney for B.B.

"Mr. King is where he wishes to be," emphasized Toney. "He's always told me he doesn't want to be in a hospital. He wants to be at home."

Instead, the musician received hospital treatment for his diabetes as well as high blood pressure.

However, in November police were called with a report about abuse at King's home. Roybal declined to provide details about an investigation of those charges.

B.B. King also was hospitalized in early April, reported the Los Angeles Times. His daughter, Claudette, revealed that he was severely dehydrated as a result of his diabetes. He was first diagnosed more than 20 years ago.

Among the legendary blues musician's greatest hits are "Three O'Clock Blues," "The Thrill is Gone," and "When Love Comes to Town" with collaborators U2. The Mississippi native has produced more than 50 albums.

"I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas. Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers. B.B. King," said the message.

As the Inquisitr reported, Nick Jonas also battles diabetes.

"I don't have the luxury of eating whatever I want whenever I want anyway, because of my type 1 diabetes, so I have been conscientious about food for a long time," emphasized the musician.

A typical breakfast for Jonas includes an omelet with veggies and cashew cheese, a turkey meat patty, and some fruit. Nick consumes lean protein, vegetables, and nuts for both lunch and dinner. His snacks also follow the low-carb diet guidelines and Paleo diet rules by avoiding grains and sugar.

[Image Via B.B. King Web Site]