B.B. King’s Autopsy Results Are In, Daughter Says She’s Glad

Posted On : July 14, 2015

7-14 bb king smilingAfter weeks of waiting for the autopsy results to prove whether or not the late, great B.B. King was murdered with a toxic substance, as some of his daughters suspected, the family finally has the results they’ve been anxiously awaiting.

Here are the details:

Medical examiners found no evidence to prove the allegation that blues legend B.B. King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May, according to autopsy findings made public Monday.

Tests conducted after two of the musical icon’s 11 adult children said their father had been murdered showed the cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease, plus physical conditions including coronary disease, heart failure and the effects of Type 2 diabetes, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told The Associated Press.

Karen Williams, daughter of B.B. King, sits in Clark County Family Court Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Las Vegas. A dispute over B.B. King's health and wealth has been tossed out of court by a judge in Las Vegas who says two investigations didn’t find the blues legend is being abused. Thursday’s court ruling keeps King’s longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, in legal control of King's affairs. King’s doctor says the 89-year-old musician is in home hospice care.   (AP Photo/John Locher)
Karen Williams, daughter of B.B. King

Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King had said through their attorney, Larissa Drohobyczer, that King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened their father’s death. Drohobyczer didn’t immediately respond to messages Monday.

Brent Bryson, a lawyer for King’s estate, has called the claims defamatory and libelous.

“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,” Bryson said. “Hopefully we can now focus on the body of musical work that B.B. King left the world, and he can finally rest in peace.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22:  Rita Washington (C), daughter of blues musician B.B King, greets well-wishers at a public viewing for B.B. King at Palm South Jones Mortuary on May 22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. King died on May 14 in Las Vegas at age 89.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Rita Washington (C), daughter of blues musician B.B King

The findings close official investigations of King’s death, Fudenberg said.

Homicide Lt. Dan McGrath said there is no active police investigation.

The allegations drew intense interest while the daughters led a group of several of King’s surviving adult children and grandchildren in an unsuccessful bid to wrest guardianship and oversight of the King estate from Toney.

Williams, Patty King and daughters Rita Washington and Barbara Winfree had Drohobyczer contest their father’s will. They enlisted prominent national attorneys Benjamin Crump and Jose Baez to investigate whether B.B. King was properly cared for before he died.

Crump, Baez, Williams, Patty King and Winfree didn’t immediately respond Monday to messages.

B.B. King died in hospice care at home in Las Vegas at age 89.

Washington said she’s still upset that no family members were present. But she said she was relieved to learn her father hadn’t been poisoned.

“I’m glad it’s natural causes,” Washington said. “We just didn’t know what was going on and what had happened with our father.”

King’s physician, Dr. Darin Brimhall, and the coroner had attributed his death to natural causes — a series of small strokes caused by atherosclerotic vascular disease as a consequence of his long battle with blood sugar fluctuations and diabetes. The medical term was multi-infarct dementia.

Fudenberg said Monday the autopsy found additional evidence of cerebrovascular disease and mini-strokes similar to those described earlier. “Considering the information available to any clinical physician at the time, multi-infarct dementia was a reasonable conclusion to reach,” he said

Tests didn’t detect any substances that might have hastened King’s death, Fudenberg said.

[Source: Associated Press]

We know that there are probably other remaining questions from some of the daughters regarding the large sums of money they say were mysteriously deducted from B.B. King’s account as he laid in hospice, but hopefully finally his family has some closure with the results of this autopsy.

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