The Mississippi Delta region said goodbye to native son and blues icon B.B. King on Saturday at his funeral in Indianola, Miss.

Mississippi congressman Bennie Thompson read a letter from President Obama, which called King an inspiration to blues lovers everywhere and to up-and-coming artists.

“The blues has lost its king and America has lost a legend,” the president wrote. “No one worked harder than B.B. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn’t do — but will always be glad you did. B.B. may be gone but that thrill will be with us forever.”

And, Obama predicted, “there’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.”

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