BB King’s family to challenge former manager over ‘unfair’ will

The blues guitarist passed away on May 14 at the age of 89

The family of late blues guitarist BB King are set to challenge the musician’s former manager over his will and what they allege to be “unfair influence” exerted by the individual.

BB King passed away in his sleep aged 89 last week (May 14) from complications due to type 2 diabetes. He will be buried in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on May 30.

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A lawyer for King’s heirs issued a statement on Saturday (May 23), accusing LaVerne Toney – who has been placed as executor of the guitarist’s will – of having “misappropriated millions of dollars”, “untruthful” conduction as well as being “unqualified to serve as executor of the estate”.

Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer stated that she met with five of King’s daughters – Patty King, Michelle King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Claudette King Robinson – before issuing the statement. Toney told Associated Press that she would not be responding to the allegations immediately.

Earlier in May, a lawsuit accusing Toney of financial and welfare abuse was dismissed by judges. The Clark County Family Court in Las Vegas King’s manager had committed no offence, following claims from the musician’s family that Toney was stealing money and neglecting their father’s medical needs.

The Rolling Stones paid tribute to King during a Twitter Q&A with fans last week (May 18). Jagger and co held their first-ever Q&A on the social networking site ahead next month’s re-release of their ‘Sticky Fingers’ LP. They were asked by fans for their memories of King.

“I was just looking at a picture of me and BB backstage at Madison Square Garden [in 1969],” Jagger told fans. “He played with us at a lot of gigs on that tour. We last played with him in a blues concert at the White House. It’s sad. He had such a huge, long career. It’s sad that we won’t be listening to him live anymore.”

Keith Richards finished by describing King as “one of the greats”, continuing, “BB was a great guy. He was one of the true gentlemen, and I shall miss him a lot. At least we have his records. Farewell, BB.”