Blues legend KOKO TAYLOR has died, aged 80.
The star, who was known as the Queen of Blues, passed away on Wednesday (03Jun09) at a Chicago, Illinois hospital.
Last month (May09), Taylor underwent surgery for a gastrointestinal bleed.
Taylor, born Cora Walton, enjoyed a 50 year career and was best known for her stellar live shows, performing around 100 gigs a year.
She won a Grammy Award in 1985 for her album Queen of the Blues and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1997.
The singer also enjoyed a brief film career, appearing in 1990's Wild At Heart alongside Nicolas Cage.
Taylor gave her last performance in Memphis, Tennessee on 7 May (09) at the Blues Music Awards.
She is survived by her husband Hays Harris, her daughter, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.