BB King’s Daughters Allege Their Father Was Poisoned

27 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

B.B. King’s death to be probed as homicide.

The coroner investigating the death of music legend BB King amid claims from two of his daughters that he was poisoned, said there was no initial evidence of foul play but that he would pursue a thorough probe.The singer’s daughters Karen Williams and Patty King have accused LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson of killing their 89-year-old dad this month. Three doctors determined that King was appropriately cared for, and King received 24-hour care and monitoring by medical professionals “up until the time that he peacefully passed away in his sleep,” attorney Brent Bryson told the AP on Monday. This is disrespectful to BB King.” Karen and Patty, said in separate affidavits: “I believe my father was poisoned and was administrated foreign substances to induce his premature death.

But lawyer Toney, who is the executor of King’s estimated £20million estate, said of the pair: “They’ve been making allegations all along, what’s new?” Brent Bryson said: “I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libellous allegations.” The guitarist and song-writer died on May 14 while under hospice care at home in Las Vegas at the age of 89.

Test results will take up to eight weeks to obtain and shouldn’t be affected by the fact that King’s body had been embalmed, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said. King was born in poverty and grew up working in cotton fields, but went on to master the guitar and entered the music business after traveling to Memphis and working for radio stations.

For decades, King played shows almost every night, becoming the premier ambassador for the blues — the music genre that emerged from African American spirituals in the Deep South. But Clark County Family Court Hearing Master Jon Norheim said on May 7 that police and social services investigations in October and April uncovered no reason to take power-of-attorney from Toney. An affidavit from Patty King, who used to live at King’s home, claims that LaVerne Toney, his business manager, and Myron Johnson, his personal assistant, hastened his death.

A Beale Street procession and memorial are scheduled Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn., followed by a Friday viewing and Saturday burial in King’s hometown of Indianola, Miss. “He did not want invasive medical procedures,” he said. “He made the decision to return home for hospice care instead of staying in a hospital.

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