Queen Of Beale Street, Ruby Wilson, Passes Away

Posted at 3:17 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 16:22:09-04

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.