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B.B. King’s Daughters Claim He Was Murdered

The daughters of late blues legend B.B. King have claimed his manager played a part in his death.

Homicide detectives in Clark County, Nevada are investigating the thus-far unproven allegations made by Patty King and her sister Karen Williams levied at King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and personal assistant, Myron Johnson

I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances,” the daughters state in identically worded affidavits. “I believe my father was murdered.”

Patty King claimed in her affidavit that she witnessed Johnson put two drops of an unknown substance on King’s tongue during evenings for several months before his death. She said Toney never told her what the substance was.

Following the claims, Clark County coroner John Fudenberg performed an emergency autopsy this past Sunday on B.B. King’s embalmed body. However, toxicological results won’t be available for up to eight weeks.

Fudenberg confirmed that King’s body has now been returned to a mortuary in Las Vegas. The latest investigation was confirmed by Lt. Ray Steiber of the Las Vegas police department.

A memorial procession for King is scheduled to take place this Wednesday in Memphis with his casket expected to be taken down the famed Beale St., where King garnered the nickname “Beale Street Blues Boy.”

Initially, B.B. King’s death was linked to the 89-year-old’s long battle with Type 2 diabetes.


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