Iconic blues singer Ruby Wilson, known as the Queen of Beale Street, has passed away.
According to a post on her Facebook page, Wilson passed away at 1:10 p.m. Friday, just hours after those close to her informed fans on social media that she remained in critical condition.
Representatives said her health had taken a turn in recent years. Wilson had a stroke in 2009, but after her recovery, she was able to once again take to the stage at B.B. King’s on Beale Street.
According to WREG, Wilson was a respected blues singer, a difference maker, who was sassy with a big heart.
Congressman Steve Cohen released this statement following Wilson's death:
"I am saddened by the death of my friend Ruby Wilson. Ruby was a sweetheart of a human being. She was always smiling, upbeat and caring for others in addition to being a fabulous talent who sang of, for and about Memphis. She had a phenomenal life. Ruby brought joy to people’s hearts all over the world and was a legend in her hometown. She was truly the queen of the Blues, Beale Street and Memphis.”
Funeral arrangements were set to be announced soon.