Date
20 October 2017
B.B. King was sequestered from family members the week before he died, according to affidavits filed by his daughters. Photo: Internet
B.B. King was sequestered from family members the week before he died, according to affidavits filed by his daughters. Photo: Internet

B.B. King was poisoned, say daughters

American blues legend B.B. King was poisoned by his closest associates, according to affidavits filed separately by his daughters.

Patty King and Karen Williams are accusing LaVerne Toney, King’s business manager, and Myron Johnson, his personal assistant, of neglect, CNN reported Wednesday.

King died on May 14 in his Las Vegas home under hospice care, aged 89.

No investigation was conducted at the time of his death.

King’s attending physician listed the cause of death as as multi-infarct dementia, which is caused by a series of small strokes.

But the daughters said two of King’s associates gave him medication to induce diabetic shock.

John Fudenberg, the coroner for Clark County, Nevada, told CNN that initial autopsy results found “no evidence to substantiate the allegations”.

Full forensic results will take six to eight weeks.

King and Williams said the associates are medically unlicensed but were seen giving medications, fluids and foreign substances to the musician that were then locked away.

The women said King “was sequestered from all family members” the week before his death and that Toney and Johnson were the only people with him.

“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death,” they said in the affidavits. “I believe my father was murdered.”

An attorney for Toney said the women are just after money, calling the accusations “absolutely ridiculous” and “unfounded.”

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