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Celebrities react to death of blues legend B.B. King

Musicians, actors and friends turned to social media to pay tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who died on Thursday in his Las Vegas home. He was 89.

President Obama issued a statement, saying, "The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend. B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be us forever."

Eric Clapton thanked King for "all the inspiration and encouragement":

BB King a dear friend and inspiration to me....

Posted by Eric Clapton on Friday, May 15, 2015

Buddy Guy called King "the greatest guy I ever met":

Ringo Starr:

Lenny Kravitz:

Brad Paisley:

Aerosmith's Joe Perry:

Ritchie Sambora:

Charles Esten, star of ABC's "Nashville":

Gene Simmons of KISS:

Snoop Dogg:

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A photo posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on

Beach Boys' Brian Wilson:

Peter Frampton:

Carole King:

Jason Isbell:

Gladys Knight:

Kelly Clarkson:

John Mayer:

What a sad day, and a monumental loss. BB King's life was in and of itself a time capsule, and a yardstick for modern...

Posted by John Mayer on Friday, May 15, 2015
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