B.B. King Death: A lawyer for the daughters of blues guitar legend B.B. King says the daughters and his business manager are in the midst of a heated battle. B.B. King died May 14 in Las Vegas at age 89.
Larissa Drohobyczer, the lawyer representing Karen Williams and Patty King insists King’s daughters are not motivated by money but that King’s business team are “dragging mourning daughters through the mud”.
Williams and King believe their father was poisoned. They suspect King’s manager LaVerne Toney and his personal assistant Myron Johnson dosing the guitarist with an unknown “foreign substance” before his death.
“Until such time as the Clark County coroner determines Mr King’s death to be from other than natural causes, the Las Vegas metropolitan police department is NOT moving forward with any investigation,” the police public information office told the Guardian.
Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King alleged that family members were prevented from visiting while King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened their father’s death.
“The allegations are baseless and unfounded and are unsupported in reality,” Brent Bryson, a lawyer acting for the King estate said on Tuesday. “Ms Toney did everything she could to carry out the wishes of Mr King while he was alive, and continues to carry out Mr King’s wishes after his death.”
“My guess is the children and grandchildren don’t like the fact he’s leaving them $3,000 and $5,000 each and then leaving the rest to his lineage for education,” Bryson told the New York Daily News on Tuesday.
“BB did not have a very high formal education, and he wanted to have his lineage go to college, so he set up a trust that would pay for college and other expenses.”
King set up a trust, but reportedly only left $3,000 to $5,000 to his 15 children/
“Karen and Patty have nothing to gain financially by getting [the] truth on how their father died. Nothing,” Larissa Drohobyczer, attorney for Williams and King told Rolling Stone magazine in a statement. “Mr Bryson is unnecessarily dragging mourning daughters through the mud for no apparent reason.”
“Not one family member was allowed to see BB for a week prior to his death, not even his friend. That really hurt and angered Karen and Patty deeply. Ms. Toney kept BB’s family from him and he died without one family member by his side. That is what raised reasonable suspicion as to his cause of death for Patty and Karen. My clients just want answers.
Las Vegas police dispute claims that they have launched a homicide investigation into King’s death.
“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances,” Patty King and Williams say in identically worded sections of affidavits provided to The Associated Press by their lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer.
“The family is sticking together … to oust Ms. Toney based on her illegal conduct, conflicts of interest and self-dealing,” Drohobyczer said. She alleged that Toney hastened King’s death by “misconduct, or by failing to properly attend to his medical needs.”
An autopsy was performed on King on Sunday. Test results will take up to eight weeks to obtain and shouldn’t be affected by the fact that King’s body had been embalmed, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said.
B.B. King’s two daughters allege that the legendary blues guitarist was poisoned by his closest aides.
B.B. King’s Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King accusing King’s two closest aides of poisoning him in documents given to The Associated Press by by their lawyer.
The documents allege that King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, killed their father.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said an autopsy was performed on King’s embalmed body on Sunday. He said test results will take up to eight weeks. The coroner says King’s body has been returned to a mortuary, and the investigation shouldn’t delay planned memorials this week in Memphis, Tennessee, and Indianola, Mississippi.
Toney and Johnson declined to comment.