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Rev. Otis Anthony offers a prayer of comfort during the funeral for blues legend Riley "B.B." King at Bell Grove M.B. Church in Indianola, Miss., Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)
Rev. Otis Anthony offers a prayer of comfort during the funeral for blues legend Riley "B.B." King at Bell Grove M.B. Church in Indianola, Miss., Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)
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Farewell! B.B King finally laid to rest

Mfonobong Akpan

B.B. King has finally been laid to rest.

His funeral was held in Indianola, Mississippi, on Saturday, following the legendary musician’s death earlier this month.

After a brief period in hospital, the blues legend died in his sleep in Las Vegas, at the of 89, on 14 May.

The Chicago Tribune reports, a private viewing of his open casket and invite-only memorial were held, before another service at the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Farewell! B.B King finally laid to rest

The service was attended by over 500 people, and a letter from President Barack Obama was read out, along with many tributes to the star.

Obama’s letter read: “The blues has lost its king and America has lost a legend.

“No one worked harder than B.B. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues.”

Farewell! B.B King finally laid to rest

B.B. was buried at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, and in the coming years, a memorial garden will be built.

Farewell! B.B King finally laid to rest

RIP.