Story just moved on the AP wire, reporting that Bo Diddley has died.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A spokeswoman says rock pioneer Bo Diddley has died. He was 79.

The spokeswoman says Diddley died of heart failure Monday. He had suffered a heart attack in August 2007, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa.

Doctors said the stroke affected his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.

Diddley was known for his homemade square guitar, dark glasses and black hat.


Update: Billy has something to say. I thought he might have something of the sort.  I’m pleased he took the time.

Years ago, I was pushed out to LA to do some IT work for a major company. Was out there for a couple, maybe  three weeks. All the time I was there, I never met anyone ‘large’, but God only knows who I walked by, and never knew it.  I suppose that when you travel as much as Billy does… and I don’t care what you do for a living… I suppose that your chances of meeting people like that are much higher. Much higher, too, are your chances of walking right by someone, and never knowing who you missed meeting. But for his buddy, Billy would have never known, either.