Coroner: No evidence BB King was poisoned

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Autopsy Finds B.B. King Died of Natural Causes, Not Foul Play.

King died of Alzheimer’s disease and various other ailments associated with old age, according to an autopsy report released Monday — not of poisoning, as some of his daughters had claimed.

The coroner in Las Vegas says theres no evidence King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May 2015. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File) LAS VEGAS – Medical examiners found no evidence to prove the allegation that blues legend B.B. 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. The Clark County coroner’s office said it conducted the autopsy “after relatives claimed he was the victim of foul play.” Las Vegas Metro Police had said they would hold off on any formal investigation pending the autopsy report. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King had said through their attorney, Larissa Drohobyczer, that King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened their father’s death. 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.

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 Monday that the autopsy found 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.

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. This story corrects that Toney is named in will as executor, not beneficiary; adds comment from Rita Washington; and refers to efforts to reach other lawyers and family members.

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