Days After Burial, B.B. King’s Manager Rushes To File Court Documents

Posted On : June 9, 2015

BB King and his band perform at Wembley Arena on the 28th of June 2009 Ref: JRM - *World Rights* *Unbylined uses will incur an additional discretionary fee!*

Unfortunately, the B.B. King family vs. manager saga continues. B.B. King was finally laid to rest in Indianola, MS on May 30. Soon after that his manager, LaVerne Toney, and her attorney filed court documents to attempt to counteract what B.B.’s children are claiming and to ultimately make sure that she maintains control over B.B.’s estate and finances. It looks like the family has a long journey ahead of them.

Here is what’s being reported via the Associated Press:

Just days after blues legend B.B. King was laid to rest near his birthplace in the Mississippi Delta, a battle over his estate is moving from the headlines to the courthouse in Las Vegas.

Attorneys for King’s designated executor, LaVerne Toney, have filed documents in a Nevada court to fend off allegations that King family members were kept away in his dying days, that he was mistreated medically and that his money was siphoned off before he died May 14 at his Las Vegas home at age 89.

“We’re asking the probate commissioner to approve (Toney) as executor and personal representative of the estate,” attorney Brent Bryson said Monday.

“The spurious and unjustified allegations made against Ms. Toney by Patty King, Karen Williams and Larissa Drohobyczer will be dealt with at a later time,” he added.

daughters walking with hearse
Two of B.B. King’s daughters crying and walking behind their Dad’s hearse

Among King’s 11 surviving adult children, Williams and Patty King have been most outspoken about the music icon’s care in his final days. Through their attorney, Drohobyczer, they accused Toney and B.B. King’s personal assistant, Myron Johnson, of poisoning him to hasten his death.

Toney and Johnson denied the claims, and Bryson dismissed them as ridiculous, defamatory and libelous.

But the allegation prompted an autopsy by the Clark County coroner the day after a King memorial at a Las Vegas funeral chapel. Results of toxicology tests are expected in several weeks. Police said there was no active homicide investigation.

Toney, who managed King’s road show business for 39 years and had power-of-attorney over his personal affairs, is the executor named in his will. She declined on Monday to comment. A King daughter, Riletta Mitchell, was second in line, but she died last September.

Bryson said Monday the value of King’s estate was being tallied, but wasn’t expected to amount to the tens of millions of dollars suggested during Williams’ failed court bid to wrest guardianship from Toney a month ago.

One court document filed April 29 said one King bank account was believed to have had…


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