BB King axes US tour after falling ill

BB King King, pictured in Las Vegas last month, is one of America's foremost blues musicians

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Blues guitarist BB King has called off the remaining eight performances of his current tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion.

According to his website, the 89-year-old was taken ill during a performance in Chicago on Friday.

The tour was to have included two shows at his own blues club in New York.

The veteran bluesman, known for such hits as The Thrill is Gone and Every Day I Have the Blues, has diabetes and was briefly in hospital in 2007.

Earlier this year, King issued a public apology to fans after a performance in St Louis that led to audience catcalls and walkouts.

His publicists called it "a bad night for one of America's living blues legends" that had fallen short of King's "usual standard of excellence".

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