Blues legend B.B. King died in Las Vegas home while in hospice care at the age of 89 on May 14. Two of King’s daughters have come forth alleging that their father was poisoned in his final days, a claim that hasn’t gained much traction with investigators as of yet.
The Associated Press reports that daughters Karen Williams and Patty King have alleged that King was poisoned by two of his close assistants. Reports have highlighted that King suffered for some time with diabetes and was in poor health for much of the latter part of his career. According to accounts, King died peacefully in his sleep and that one of his assistants was apparently by his side.
The AP is in possession of affidavits, which feature the claims that King’s business manager LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson kept the family away from visiting King in his last days. As heirs to King’s estate, the daughters, and other existing family members are due to receive portions of an inheritance that could be worth several million dollars.
In identical statements given in the affidavits, King and Williams both say, “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances.”
Toney has been named as executor of the will for King’s estate. King’s body was autopsied this past Sunday, and results could take weeks. Las Vegas Police has not opened an active homicide investigation.
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