Las Vegas Homicide Detectives Have Launched An Investigation Into Circumstances Surrounding B.B. King's Death After Two Of The Late Blues Legend's Daughters Accused His Longtime Business Manager Of Poisoning The Icon.
The Las Vegas Coroner and the guitar great's own physician recently revealed King died peacefully in his sleep at his Sin City home on 14 May (15) after suffering a series of small strokes, but Karen Williams and Patty King believe their dad's representative, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, had something to do with his passing.
Williams and King filed police reports over the claims, and on Monday (25May15) Lieutenant Ray Steiber confirmed an investigation is underway.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg reveals an autopsy was performed on Sunday (24May15), but the results will not be made available for weeks.
Identical affidavits released to the Associated Press by the pair's lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer, reads: "I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances. I believe my father was murdered."
In the documents, King, who used to live at her dad's Vegas pad, also reveals she repeatedly witnessed Johnson administer drops of an unknown substance on her father's tongue in the months leading up to his death, but she was never told what it was.
However, estate attorney Brent Bryson has blasted the murder accusations, stating, "I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libelous allegations...
"This is extremely disrespectful to B.B. King. He did not want invasive medical procedures. He made the decision to return home for hospice care instead of staying in a hospital. These unfounded allegations have caused Mr. King to undergo an autopsy, which is exactly what he didn't want."
The music icon's two daughters previously accused Toney of refusing to seek appropriate medical help for their father following a downturn in his health in late April (15), but earlier this month (May15), a Vegas judge dismissed claims of elder abuse and allowed Toney to remain in control of the ailing bluesman's business and estate affairs.
A private memorial service for King was held in Sin City on Saturday (23May15).
His body is now due to be flown to Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday (27May15), when his casket will be driven in a procession to Beale Street, where the star earned his nickname, the Beale Street Blues Boy.
His remains will then head to Indianola, Mississippi, near his birthplace of Berclair, where he will lie in state at the B.b. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center on Friday (29May15), ahead of a funeral and private burial on Saturday (30May15).