Peoria blues guitarist Eddie King is dead after a lengthy illness. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says King died in hospice care for prostate cancer at a Peoria nursing home on March 14. He was 73. King also suffered from a neurological disorder that robbed him of the dexterity need to play the guitar. King was born Edward Milton in Alabama but moved to Chicago as a child and eventually played with blues greats like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Albert Collins. King also had his own band, Eddie King and the Kingsmen, and played guitar for blues singer Koko Taylor. He moved to Peoria in 1973. King released albums both on his own and one with his son, Louis "Rumpy" Milton.
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