Rock legend Bo Diddley suffers a stroke

Rock and blues legend Bo Diddley suffered a stroke on Sunday that has left him in intensive care at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

A publicist from his management team stated that test have showed the stroke affected the left side of the musicians brain and has impaired his speech and speech recognition. Although little information has been released, it is known that the “Who Do You Love” singer is listed in “guarded” condition. It is not known how long he will remain in the hospital.

Diddley, 78, has a medical history of hypertension and diabetes. He was said to be acting disoriented at a performance in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Sunday. Diddley, who is considered one of the founding fathers of rock and roll, was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and his name is often stated as an influence on some of rock’s biggest performers.

Diddley received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and was ranked No. 20 on Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He was born Ellas Bates in McComb, Mississippi. In 2005, he toured Australia, Europe and North America to celebrate his 50 years in the music industry.  

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