Hot off the press (assuming that phrase still applies when your news source is internet based), musician B.B. King, 81, has been hospitalized at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Fortunately, it is expected that he will be discharged some time today, as the reason for his admittance was apparently just a low fever.
King, who is known for writing such blues hits as "The Thrill is Gone" and "You Upset Me Baby," was in Texas to perform at the Grand Opera House on Thursday night. It remains unclear at this time whether B.B.'s hospital visit was at all related to his type 2 diabetes, but early indications seem to point against this.
As a long-time proponent of raising diabetes awareness, B.B. can often be found playing his trademark guitar Lucille during commercials for blood sugar testing meters. In addition to his contribution to music and diabetes awareness, B.B. is also the person behind the B.B. King's Blues Club and Restaurant, which has locations in cities around the U.S.