The guitar great passed away in his sleep after suffering a series of small strokes, according to the city coroner, and during their first Twitter chat with fans on Monday (18May15), the Stones stars offered up fond memories and kind words.

Richards said, "Sad loss, man. One of the greats, I mean, beautiful style and B.B. was a great guy. He was one of the true gentlemen and I shall miss him a lot. What can you say now, at least we have his records."

And Jagger added, "I was just looking at a picture of me and B.B. backstage at Madison Square Garden (in 1969). He played with us at a lot of gigs on that tour. We last played with him in a blues concert at the White House. It's sad. He had such a huge, long career. It's sad that we won't be listening to him live anymore."

Asked to recall his favourite B.B. King song by one fan, Jagger responded, "He had so many recordings. It's difficult to choose."

Previous King tributes have come from the likes of Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Kelly Clarkson and even U.S. leader President Barack Obama.