Buddy Guy, Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg and others react to his death.

By Kevin O'Donnell
May 15, 2015 at 02:56 PM EDT
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The music world lost one of its greatest musicians Thursday when B.B. King, the pioneering blues guitarist and singer, died in Las Vegas. He was 89.

Almost immediately, performers paid tribute to the icon, including Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, fellow blues guitarist Buddy Guy, Lenny Kravitz and even actor Hugh Laurie.

Snoop Dogg, meanwhile, shared a video of himself listening to the King’s music. “B.B. King you gone but you ain’t forgotten—we love you baby,” he said.

Eric Clapton posted a video to Facebook of Clapton saying a few words about his friend.

“I just wanted to express my sadness and to say thank you to my dear friend B.B. King,” Clapton said. “I wanted to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years and for teh friendship we enjoyed. There’s not a lot left to say because his music is almost a thing of the past now—there are not many left to play it in the pure way that B.B. did. He was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music, and I thank him from the bottom of my heart. If you’re not familiar with his work, I would encourage you to go out and find an album called B.B. King: Live at the Regal, which is where it all started for me as a young player.” 

BB King a dear friend and inspiration to me….

Posted by Eric Clapton on Viernes, 15 de mayo de 2015