BB King’s son says claims made by his sisters that King was poisoned were ‘extreme’

King died in his sleep on May 14

BB King’s son Willie has spoken out against claims made by two of his sisters that King was poisoned, saying the two women ‘went to the extreme.’

“There are always – I don’t want to call them this, but – there’s always a rotten apple in the barrel,” he said. “Sometimes you can take hurt, and turn it into something that it should not be. And I think out of the anger of losing their dad, they went to the extreme.”

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“I pray that the public don’t really accept them as an angry person like that, because being my sisters, they are not like that. But sometimes you just don’t know how to express yourself. And you jump out at the nearest person. And they attacked the wrong person.”

King’s daughters Karen Williams and Patty King alleged that BB King’s business manager LaVerne Toney prevented family members from visiting while Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened their father’s death.

“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances,” Patty King and Williams said in affidavits provided to The Associated Press by their lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer. “I believe my father was murdered,” they both added.

However, Billboard reports that there is no active homicide investigation into the death while attorney Brent Bryson confirmed that three doctors cared for King as he received 24-hour care and monitoring by medical professionals “up until the time that he peacefully passed away in his sleep.”

Speaking to The Guardian, BB King’s biographer Charles Sawyer said, “I’m absolutely sure it’s absolutely false.”

He went on to reveal that the late blues musician had told him he was unable to have children with his second wife due to a low sperm count. The revelation was published in King’s authorised biography The Arrival of BB King, now out of print. Sawyer claims King read the manuscript and did not ask for the statement to be removed.


King took responsibility for 15 children, including Karen Williams and Patty King, dedicating his autobiography to them all.

Sawyer went on to confess that King had met a lot of women while playing 300 shows per year and that he had a saying: “If a woman is pregnant, and she says you’re the father, the only question to ask is, ‘Is it possible?’ And if it’s possible, it’s yours.”

The blues legend passed away in his sleep aged 89 on May 14 and was buried in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi yesterday (May 30).

The ceremony was streamed in full online. Singer Fats Domino performed ‘Amazing Grace’ at the service, while both President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton wrote messages that were read out. Watch the ceremony in full here.