BB King Was Not Poisoned Before Death: Blues Legend Died From Alzheimer’s

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B.B. King was NOT poisoned before his death reveals autopsy, as tests show blues legend died from natural causes stemming from Alzheimer’s disease.

Medical examiners have found no evidence to prove the allegation that blues legend BB King was poisoned before he died of natural causes, according to post mortem findings.

Tests conducted after two of the musical icon’s 11 adult children said their father had been murdered showed the cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease, plus physical conditions including coronary disease, heart failure and the effects of Type 2 diabetes, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told The Associated Press. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King had claimed through their attorney, Larissa Drohobyczer, that King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened their father’s death. “Ms Toney and Mr Johnson are very happy that these false and fictional allegations that were made against them by certain of Mr King’s children have been dispelled,” Bryson said. “Hopefully we can now focus on the body of musical work that BB King left the world, and he can finally rest in peace.” The allegations drew intense interest while the daughters led a group of several of King’s surviving adult children and grandchildren in an unsuccessful bid to wrest guardianship and oversight of the King estate from Toney. King’s death at age 89 in May was also attributed to coronary artery disease, diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure and brain damage from low blood flow, the Clark County Coroner’s office said in a press release.

King’s physician, Dr Darin Brimhall, and the coroner had attributed his death to natural causes – a series of small strokes caused by atherosclerotic vascular disease as a consequence of his long battle with blood sugar fluctuations and diabetes. Fudenberg said the autopsy found additional evidence of cerebrovascular disease and mini-strokes similar to those described earlier. “Considering the information available to any clinical physician at the time, multi-infarct dementia was a reasonable conclusion to reach,” he said The autopsy was conducted on May 24 – 10 days after King died, two days after a public viewing in Las Vegas drew more than 1,000 fans and mourner, and one day after a family-and-friends memorial drew 350 people to a downtown Las Vegas funeral chapel. King, and we hope this determination brings them some measure of closure.” King, a prolific and celebrated musician who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was placed in hospice care after being hospitalised in April this year from complications related to diabetes. A Beale Street procession and memorial took place May 27 in Memphis, Tennessee, followed by burial May 30 in King’s hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. The Tennessean ( ) reports that more than 750 Tennessee Promise students were expected to attend the voluntary Tennessee Promise Summer Bridge Program, which began on Monday and is taking place at each of the 13 public community colleges in the state.

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A judge in the tourist town of Taos also ordered Oriana Farrell, 41, of Memphis, Tennessee, to serve 40 hours of community service and participate in a special mediation program. If she fails to meet the conditions of her release and probation, state Judge Jeff McElroy warned her that she could face a three-year prison sentence.

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