Two of the legendary bluesman's daughters are saying B.B. King was fatally poisoned by assistants

By Drew Mackie
May 25, 2015 07:40 PM
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Two of B.B. King’s daughters are claiming their father was poisoned by two aides who worked closely with him.

Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents provided by their lawyer to PEOPLE that King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and personal assistant, Myron Johnson, poisoned him.

“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death,” they said in their affidavits, requesting a formal investigation into the matter. “I believe my father was murdered.”

But an attorney for King’s estate says the allegations are ridiculous. “I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libelous allegations,” attorney Brent Bryson told the AP.

“This is extremely disrespectful to B.B. King. He did not want invasive medical procedures. He made the decision to return home for hospice care instead of staying in a hospital. These unfounded allegations have caused Mr. King to undergo an autopsy, which is exactly what he didn’t want.”

King died on May 14 from a series of strokes which may have been caused by his Type-2 diabetes, which he had struggled with for more than two decades before his death. His daughters are now claiming that Toney and Johnson gave him medication to induce diabetic shock.

The Clark County Coroner’s office tells PEOPLE that an autopsy was performed on King on Sunday, but results could take up to eight weeks.

“Until such time as the Clark County Coroner determines Mr. King’s death to be from other than natural causes, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is not moving forward with any investigation,” Officer Michael Rodriquez of the Office of Public Information, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, tells PEOPLE.

“We will not be commenting on this matter unless the coroner advises that some form of criminality is associated with the death of Mr. King.”

Toney and Johnson declined comment on the accusations. However, Toney told the AP that, “they’ve been making allegations all along. What’s new?”

Williams and Patty King are two of the famed bluesman’s 15 children.

Reporting by SHEILA COSGROVE BAYLIS, MELODY CHIU and CHRISTINA DUGAN

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