King died in his sleep on May 14
The lawyer for BB King‘s estate has dismissed claims made by the late musician’s daughters that he was poisoned to death as “ridiculous” and “extremely disrespectful”.
King’s daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege that his business manager LaVerne Toney prevented family members from visiting while Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened their father’s death.
The blues legend passed away in his sleep aged 89 on May 14 and will be buried in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on May 30.
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.”
No family members were present at the time of King’s death while Toney is named in King’s will as executor of an estate that, according to court documents, could total tens of millions of dollars.
“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.
An autopsy was performed on May 24. Test results will take up to eight weeks to obtain, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said. However, Fudenberg has issued a statement subsequently clarifying that there was no immediate evidence supporting the murder allegations.
The allegations are the latest in a long running battle between King’s family and those in charge of his care. Prior to his death, King’s family warned that he was not being cared for while one week before King’s death, a Las Vegas judge dismissed a request from Williams to take over as King’s guardian.
Toney and Johnson both declined to comment on the accusations.