Coroner says no evidence BB King was poisoned, despite children’s claims

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘No evidence’ BB King was poisoned.

FILE – In this Aug. 8, 2013 file photo, Blues music legend B.B. Tests conducted after two of the star’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 said.

Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King had said through their lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer, that King’s business manager LaVerne Toney and his personal assistant Myron Johnson hastened their 89-year-old 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,” Mr Bryson said. 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. 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 Ms Toney. King’s doctor 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.

Mr Fudenberg said the post-mortem examination found additional evidence of cerebrovascular disease and mini-strokes similar to those described earlier. A Beale Street procession and memorial took place on May 27 in Memphis, Tennessee, followed by burial on May 30 in King’s home town of Indianola, Mississippi. The value of the estate has not been publicly disclosed but Mr Bryson has said it is not expected to amount to the tens of millions of dollars suggested during a guardianship fight before King’s death. COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted.

This story corrects that Toney is named in the 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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