“I believe my father was murdered,” Daughters claim B.B. King was poisoned
(CNN) – There is some contention about what caused the death of a music legend earlier the month.
On May 14, B.B. King died in home hospice care at the age of 89.
At the time of his death, no investigation was conducted and King’s attending physician listed his cause of death as multi-infarct dementia, which is caused by a series of small strokes.
Now, King’s daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams, are alleging the blues legend was poisoned by his closest associates.
“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death,” they said in their affidavits. “I believe my father was murdered.”
Both women accuse LaVerne Toney, King’s business manager, and Myron Johnson, his personal assistant, of neglect.
They say the associates are not medically licensed, but were seen giving medications, fluids and foreign substances to the musician that were locked away.
The women say “King was sequestered from all family members” the week before his death and Toney and Johnson were the only people with him.
They believe the pair gave King medication to induce diabetic shock.
However, the coroner says preliminary autopsy results do not support that contention.
John Fudenberg, the coroner for Clark County, Nevada, told CNN that initial autopsy results found “no evidence to substantiate the allegations.” But full forensic results will take six to eight weeks.
CNN attempted to contact the Las Vegas Police late Monday night about the investigation but was unsuccessful. CNN was also unable to reach the associates who are being accused.
The allegations are the latest salvo in a bid by some of King’s children to wrest control of the late singer’s assets, believed to be in the millions.
King had 15 children from several different relationships. Eleven children are still living.
Earlier this year, Patty King, Karen Williams and a third daughter, Rita Washington, went to court, accusing Toney, the business manager, of elder abuse and neglect.
However, a judge dismissed the case for a lack of evidence.
In the weekend affidavits, Patty King and Williams requested a toxicology analysis or autopsy be conducted to determine the cause of their father’s death.
On Sunday, the singer’s body was shipped from a mortuary to the coroner’s office.
“The family has made some allegations. I can’t go into specifics,” Fudenberg told CNN. “We were contacted by several of the family members’ legal counsel. They were making allegations of foul play.”
A public viewing for the musician is scheduled for Friday at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi. Funeral services are set for the following day.
“Our investigation will not prohibit or delay the services they have planned,” Fudenberg said.