B.B. King Died of Alzheimer’s Disease Not Murder
A Las Vegas coroner found no evidence that B.B. King was poisoned before his death in May.
The Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told the Associated Press on Monday (July 13) that the blues icon died of Alzheimer’s disease, plus physical conditions including coronary disease, heart failure and the effects of Type 2 diabetes.
B.B. King’s daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, believed foul play was involved in connection to their father’s death. They both accused King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney; and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson; of pilfering his accounts and rushing his death in Las Vegas.
Brent Bryson, a lawyer for King's estate, denies the allegations and say they are defamatory and libelous. "Ms. Toney and Mr. Johnson are very happy that these false and fictional allegations that were made against them by certain of Mr. King's children have been dispelled," he said in a statement. "Hopefully we can now focus on the body of musical work that B.B. King left the world, and he can finally rest in peace."
The coroner's ruling closes the investigation into King's death and, hopefully, brings some closure for the guitarist's daughters. B.B. King passed away on May 14 while under hospice care in Las Vegas at age 89.
Rest in peace, B.B. King. You may be gone, but your musical legacy will live on forever.