Despite rumors to the contrary, blues legend B.B. King is not dead. He did not suffer a stroke. A hoax purporting his death is making its way around the internet, spreading like wildfire on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.
However, B.B. King is alive and well. In fact, the 85-year-old just announced additional dates for his Bluesfest tour. Adding Melbourne and Sydney to his tour, King will be visiting Australia for the first time in more than a decade.
Wikipedia users initially fell for the prank, updating King's death information on his page. It was later amended to remove the date of death.
King recorded his first record in 1949, and since then has made over 75 albums and has earned 15 Grammy Awards.