DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Bo Diddley (aged 79)
American R&B musician
Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates, December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll. He influenced many artists, including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Clash.
DEATH: Bo Diddley died on June 2, 2008, of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida. Garry Mitchell, his grandson and one of more than 35 family members at the musician’s home when he died at 1:45 a.m. EDT (05:45 GMT), said his death was not unexpected. “There was a gospel song that was sung (at his bedside) and (when it was done) he said ‘wow’ with a thumbs up,” Mitchell told Reuters, when asked to describe the scene at the deathbed. “The song was ‘Walk Around Heaven’ and in his last words he said ‘I’m going to heaven.'”