B.B. King, 89, performs at the House of Blues in Chicago on Oct. 3, the day he fell ill.

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By Brian Anthony Hernandez2014-10-06 17:01:21 UTC

B.B. King was recovering at home Monday after a health scare over the weekend forced him to cancel the rest of tour. The 89-year-old “King of Blues” had fallen ill Friday night at his concert at the House of Blues in Chicago.

“He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled,” said a statement from his publicist.

On Monday, as fans continued to worry about his health, King’s team released an update: “Mr. King is back home and feeling better. He wants to thank all of his fans and friends for their outpouring of love and concern.”

No further details about his condition were given, but King is known to take medication for Type II diabetes. A shaky performance in April, which a local St. Louis reviewer said incited heckling and walkouts, lead to his publicist apologizing to fans.

“The combination of the rigors of the very long drive and high blood sugar due to his medication error resulted in a performance that did not match Mr. King’s usual standard of excellence,” the statement said in April.

Here’s a video of that performance at Peabody Opera House in St. Louis:

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Hamish Anderson, King’s opening act on the current tour before it was canceled, tweeted his dismay after learning about King’s health condition:

Very sad to hear the news of BB King’s sickness and subsequent cancellation of the tour. The band and I wish him a safe speedy recovery!

— Hamish Anderson (@hamishkanderson) October 4, 2014

King, born Riley B. King, has released more than 50 albums since the 1940s.

Throughout the decades, he has earned 14 Grammys, a Presidential Medal of Freedom as well as spots in the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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