How did BB King die? Basketball head coach cause of death explained

BB King, a former head coach of the Knott County Centra and the current Breathitt County head coach, passed away. Let’s see How did BB King die and BB King cause of death in detail.

How did BB King die?

BB King passed away. He was well-known for his time spent coaching at his alma school, Knott Central.

One of the region’s most accomplished coaches is being mourned by the mountain basketball community.

BB King cause of death

BB King cause of death was not officially disclosed yet.

According to online reports, BB King cause of death was pneumonia.

BB has pneumonia in both lungs and has been in the hospital since Tuesday. He then started to deteriorate and was placed on a vent in the ARH Whitesburg ICU unit. BB King has passed away on December 20,2022.

We will update about the BB King cause of death once we get the information from the right source.

Who was BB King?

King was a part of two 14th Region championship teams while he was a player, and with 1,941 points, he became the Patriots’ third-leading scorer all-time.

He spent 12 years as the head coach at Knott Central, winning seven district championships, five regional championships, and three regional All “A” titles. His overall record was 260-109.

The first Mr Basketball to ever originate from Knott County, Camron Justice, was coached by him.

14th Region championship

King also competed on the 14th Region championship teams for the Patriots in 1979 and 1980. With 1,941 points, he is still third all-time in scoring for Knott County Central.

Among those regional championship victories was a four-year winning streak between 2012 and 2015 that featured Camron Justice, the one and only Mr Basketball for KCC.

King remarked,

“That group was amazing. “Every place we go, it was a packed house. We go to Lexington, it’d be a packed house. It was just an awful good time for Knott County.”

How honest he was with his team, according to King, is his greatest coaching legacy.

King said,

“The biggest thing with me as a coach is I was blunt and what I said, that’s what I meant.”

“I thought I treated all the players the same. If he was the last one on the team or the first one on the team, he dresses the same, he eats the same and that’s just the way I coach. To be honest, some people like that and some people didn’t so I was blunt and I was taught that plain talk’s easily understood and that’s just how I am.”


BB King, the head boys basketball coach at Knott Central, made an official resignation announcement in April 2022. King felt that this was most likely a resignation rather than a retirement.

“I might still have some coaching days in me, I don’t know yet. For Knott Coutny it’s time for me to give it up here.”

He guided the Patriots to a 260-109 record over his twelve seasons at Knott Central, earning seven district championships, five 14th Region crowns, and three 14th Region All “A” titles.

Tributes to BB King

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him.

Lynn Noplis commented,

“So very sorry thoughts and prayers for his family and friends work family and all of the kids he coached Rest In Peace B.B. King 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻”

Troy Wilson commented,

“When you think of mountain basketball you think of Coach BB King. Not only a great coach, but also a great man. He done so much for the game of basketball in eastern Kentucky and countless young men he coached. Prayers for his family and friends.”

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.

We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.


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