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False Rumors Spread About Death of Blues Legend November 30, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.

By Kontji Anthony – bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) – Fans of blues legend B.B. King rode an emotional roller coaster Monday after false rumors spread across the internet saying the music icon was dead.

The hoax began with Musicouch.com user JoeSixPack’s false headline: “Blues Great B.B. King Dead at 85.” According to the story, died after suffering a ‘stroke.’ The story mentioned ‘a private service’ next week, and a ‘public gathering’ after the holidays.

Monday, B.B. King’s Blues Club owner Tommy Peters said he had heard the same rumor.

“It’s unfortunate, but with the way the Internet is today, anybody can post anything,” Peters said.

Information on Musicouch is generated entirely by music lovers, so the obituary posted on the site blasted the news across internet, breaking the hearts of B.B. King fans for several hours.

“B.B. is alive and well,” Peters said. “He just got off tour last Wednesday, and went home for Thanksgiving. He’s in Las Vegas, and was resting there this morning.”

Musicouch.com users turned on JoeSixPack after the hoax was revealed. But it wasn’t the first B.B. King internet hoax. A similar claim spread across the internet in 2008.

However, with more than 15,000 concerts under his belt, King and his famous Beale Street hotspot are both alive and well.

“We have the great B.B. King All Star Band four nights a week with Rodney Tate and Harold Smith on guitar, so come on down,” Peters said.

King’s next tour date is New Year’s Eve at Harrah’s Casino Hotel Atlantic City. He played at the Memphis club in March, and should be back in the next six months.

Copyright 2010 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.


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