Earlier this month, a coroner determined that B.B. King’s death was caused by a series of mini-strokes. Now the late bluesman’s kids say his cause of death was tied to something much more nefarious—poison.
King’s health began deteriorating over the last year and he reportedly entered a home hospice two weeks before his May 15 death. Both King’s physician and the Las Vegas coroner who examined his body attributed his death— multi-infarct dementia caused by a series of small strokes—to his type 2 diabetes.
Now, the AP reports, at least two of King’s daughters say that they believe King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, poisoned King to death. But Toney—a longtime employee who was reportedly the last person to see King alive—has been at legal odds with his kids for some time now.
Patty King tells TMZ ... she and her sister Karen Williams spoke to B.B.’s manager Laverne Toney on Thursday morning, and she had agreed to let them see B.B. on Saturday at noon. But Patty says Toney called her at 9:40 PM to say her father had died peacefully in his sleep
A coroner tells the AP an autopsy was performed this weekend and should be completed sometime over the next eight weeks. And a Las Vegas police spokesperson tells the outlet that homicide detectives are still investigating the case.