King, whose hits included "My Lucille," "Sweet Little Angel" and "Rock Me Baby," died in his sleep in Las Vegas.
Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians.
Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months. He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.
One of his many television appearances over the years was April 9, 2001, on The Young and the Restless. In the episode, Sean (David Lee Russek) takes Jill (Jess Walton) to the Crow's Nest, where they listen to a surprise performance by B.B. King. When Sean tells Jill that she is a vibrant woman, she thinks it's a come on. Sean tells her it's not unless she wants it to be.
He also performed on General Hospital on February 3-4, 1995 at the opening of Luke's club. Watch his appearance below: