No crime here, except for the one that (thankfully) didn’t happen, and some unnecessary badmouthing. Blues musician B.B. King, who had Alzheimer’s disease, was found to have died of natural causes, refuting murder accusations made against King’s manager and personal assistant.
As the BBC reports, two of the 89-year-old musical legend’s daughters (he had 15 children, 11 of whom are still living) became suspicious of his employees before his May 14 death.
The star’s daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, alleged in May that he had been given “foreign substances to induce his premature death” by his business manager Laverne Toney and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson.
The women added that “King was sequestered from all family members” in the week before his death, and that Toney and Johnson were the only people with him.
But the [Las Vegas] coroner found no evidence to prove the allegation of poisoning.
“Ms Toney and Mr Johnson are very happy that these false and fictional allegations that were made against them by certain of Mr King’s children have been dispelled,” said Brent Bryson, a lawyer for King’s estate.
The motive for the allegations seems to have been (of course) money, an earlier CNN story noted, quoting Bryson as saying the women were “chasing a check” and that the charges were “absolutely ridiculous.”
Relations between some of King’s family members and his long-time associates (Toney had worked for him for 40 years) became frosty as his health declined. Two weeks before King’s death, TMZ reported:
Patty [King] and her boyfriend filed a police report last November ... claiming elder abuse, and burglary. They accused Toney and her assistant of fleecing $20-$30 million from B.B., withholding his medications while on tour — and jacking several Rolexes and a ring valued at $250k.
Police are investigating, but no charges have been filed yet ... Patty says she’s meeting with her attorney to discuss wrestling power of attorney away from Toney.
The abuse claims were tossed out by a judge a week later.
Top image: B.B. King in 1980. AP Photo, File