Was Guitarist B.B. King Poisoned for Money, Property?

By Smitha Nambiar | 1 year ago
Was Guitarist B.B. King Poisoned for Money, Property?

Riley B. King, blues legend and guitarist, better known by his stage name B.B. King, who passed away on May 14 in Las Vegas, was poisoned to death, claim his daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King.

The death of 89-year-old B.B. King is being investigated as a probable homicide after two of his daughters alleged that the legend’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, along with King’s personal assistant, Myron Johnson, stopped family members from visiting King, and said that the two hurried up proceedings after their father’s death. They also accused the two for neglecting their father.


Patty and Karen filed the claim in two different and separate affidavits. Attorney Brent Bryson, however, insisted that the legend guitarist was looked after very well in his last days, and added that King died peacefully in his sleep.

Toney, who is named as the executor of an estate in King’s will is expected to get tens of millions of dollars after his death, and that is one reason why King’s daughters have accused him of poisoning their father, according to The Guardian.

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

No investigation was conducted after the death of King to figure out the probable cause of King’s death since the physicians attending to King had said that the death occurred due to multi-infarct dementia, which causes a series of tiny strokes.

However, Karen and Patty alleged that the medication administered to King caused diabetic shock, and accused the associates for being medically unlicensed. They further added that adding that their father was injected with fluids and medicines which were kept locked away from them.

Terming the allegations as “ridiculous,” Bryson told CNN that King’s children were after his property and wealth and added, “This is absolutely about money.”

Although the initial autopsy revealed no evidence to prove that King was murdered or poisoned, the court has ordered for full forensic investigation, the results of which will take six to eight weeks.

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