Patty King and Karen Williams, daughters of the late great Bluesman B. B. King, filed affidavits over the weekend alleging their father was poisoned to death. The daughters claim King’s closest associates are responsible. These allegations came to the surface just days after the public viewing in Las Vegas which drew over 1,000 mourners from around the world and the weekend memorial where 350 family and friends gathered to remember the legend.
B.B. King died May 14, 2015, while in home hospice care in Las Vegas. King was 89 years when he passed away. There was no police investigation at the time, since King’s attending physician listed the cause of death as multi-infarct dementia, which was caused by a series of small strokes.
The daughter’s believe two of B. B.’s associates intentionally gave him medication to induce diabetic shock. In their affidavits they say, “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death.” They continued, “I believe my father was murdered.”
Coroner for Clark County, Nevada, John Fudenberg, told CNN a full forensic profile will take six to eight weeks to complete, but preliminary autopsy results discovered no evidence to substantiate the allegations at this time. “The family has made some allegations. I can’t go into specifics,” said Fudenberg. “We were contacted by several of the family members’ legal counsel. They were making allegations of foul play.”
The women say they adamantly believe B. B. King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, deliberately isolated King from his family members in the week prior to his death. The daughters contend that Toney and Johnson were the only people allowed to be with him and even though they are medically unlicensed, they were seen giving medications, fluids and other foreign substances to B. B. It is alleged that these substances were then locked away.
All together it is believed King has 15 children from several different women. Eleven of these heirs are still living. Earlier this year a few of King’s daughters went to court, accusing business manager LaVerne Toney of elder abuse and neglect. The judge dismissed the case due to lack of evidence.
According to MSN, lawyers for King’s estate are calling the claims ridiculous. Attorney Brent Bryson says there were three physicians who have determined that the musician was properly cared for. He said King received round-the-clock care and monitoring by qualified medical professionals “up until the time that he peacefully passed away in his sleep.”
King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, was named in King’s will as executor of an estate. It is believed B. B. King’s estate totals tens of millions of dollars. Neither Toney nor King’s personal assistant, Myron Johnson, have commented on the accusations.
There have been other recent instances where King’s family has challenged Toney in court papers. On April 29 a petition was filed alleging that Toney blocked King’s friends from visiting him and also claimed she placed some of her family members on King’s payroll. It was also alleged that large quantities of money suddenly disappeared from King’s bank accounts.
According to Clark County Family Court Hearing Master Jon Norheim, the police and social services investigations in both October and in April uncovered no cause to take power-of-attorney from Toney. Larissa Drohobyczer, who represents Karen Williams, Patty King and most of King’s other heirs said, “The family is sticking together…to oust Ms. Toney based on her illegal conduct, conflicts of interest and self-dealing.” She continued saying that Toney accelerated King’s death by “misconduct, or by failing to properly attend to his medical needs.” Bryson called Drohobyczer’s claims preposterous adding, “I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libelous allegations.”