Blues Legend B.B. King Will Return Home To His Native Mississippi Next Week (Begs25may15) To Be Buried On The Grounds Of His Namesake Museum.
The guitar great passed away at his Las Vegas home last week (14May15) and fans have been invited to bid a final farewell to the music icon at a series of public viewings of his body.
The first viewing will take place at Palm Mortuary West in Sin City on Friday (22May15), while a private service will be held for family and friends at Palm Mortuary chapel on Saturday (23May15).
King's body will then be flown to Memphis, Tennessee, next Wednesday (27May15), when his casket will be driven in a procession to Beale Street, where the star earned his nickname, the Beale Street Blues Boy.
His remains will then head to Indianola, Mississippi, near his birthplace of Berclair, where he will lie in state at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center on 29 May (15).
His funeral will be held on 30 May (15) at the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, before his casket is returned to the museum for a private burial.
A statement issued by the museum director, Dion Brown, reads: "From a practical standpoint, we feel comfortable knowing his final resting place will receive perpetual care at the museum."
King died peacefully in his sleep after suffering a series of small strokes, according to the Las Vegas Coroner and the bluesman's own physician. He was 89.