In the wake of 89 year-old B.B. King‘s passing away, a few of his family members have stood up and speculated that he was poisoned. The blues legend died in his sleep last week, on May 14, at his Las Vegas residence. His daughters Patty King and Karen Williams were not present at the time, but the two have since submitted affidavits alleging their father was killed.
An autopsy has been performed, but the results of the toxicology test will not be processed for another eight weeks. In the meantime, the official cause of death has been attributed to a series of small strokes caused by Type 2 Diabetes.
“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances. I believe my father was murdered,” Patty and Karen noted in identically worded areas of their legal documents, which were provided to The Associated Press by the siblings’ lawyer Larissa Drohobyczer.
Lieutenant Ray Steiber of the Las Vegas Police Department’s homicide unit confirmed officials are investigating the case, but he declined to provide any further details on the matter. In reality what this boils down to is a battle over the power to execute B.B. King’s rather sizable estate. The musician has 15 biological and adopted children. Attorney Drohobyczer represents at least nine of them.
Patty King is now claiming that she saw her father’s personal assistant Myron Johnson put drops of an unknown substance on her father’s tongue every night for several months. She also claims Johnson was instrumental in preventing his daughters from seeing King before he died.
King’s estate is reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars. Attorney Brent Bryson, who is to represent the estate and the execution of the will, has stated that the murder accusations are completely absurd.
“I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libelous allegations,” the lawyer said.
B.B.’s funeral is set to take place in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on Saturday, May 30. The blues legend has been ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
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