Following legendary blues singer B.B. King’s death, claims are being made by two of his daughters who say they believe he was poisoned.
King’s daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams believe that the singer’s business manager and Laverne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson purposely accelerated his death saying, “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances. I believe my father was murdered.”
A lawyer for Ms. Toney said the girls’ claims are absolutely ridiculous and defamatory.
While the claims have yet to be proved or disproved, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said, “At this point, we don’t have evidence that these allegations of foul play will be substantiated. However, we are taking them very seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation.”
According to reports, a post-mortem examination was held on Sunday and test results will take six to eight weeks.
The allegations from King’s are the latest in an ongoing feud between the two sides. Toney, who had worked for the singer for 39 years, had power of attorney over King while he was alive, and in his will the musician named her as executor of his estate, which is estimated to be worth around $10 million.
As many speculate if the allegations are just another attempt to gain ownership of King’s estate, the court will continue to look into the case.