The manager of late blues musician BB King has been named the sole executor of his estate despite objections from members of King’s family.
The guitarist passed away in his sleep aged 89 on May 14.
King’s daughters – Karen Williams, Patty King, Rita Washington and Barbara Winfree – had been contesting a previous decision to make LaVerne Toney in charge of the musician’s estate. Toney was named in King’s will as the person chosen to be the executor of his estate.
The daughters had recently alleged that his long-term manager Toney prevented family members from visiting during his last days, as well as claiming that Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson hastened their father’s death.
However, now Clark County District Judge, Gloria Sturman has dismissed these claims. The Associated Press quote Sturman as saying: “I’m not saying there may not be other issues or that we may not need outside assistance. But he had a plan. I don’t see anything before me at this point in time that he wanted that changed.”
The Rolling Stones paid tribute to King last month following his death. Mick 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.”