B.B. King was not poisoned to death, but died from Alzheimer’s. This was revealed by a body examination done on the blues legend’s body.
Two of B.B. King’s children believed that their father was poisoned by his aides a few days before he passed away on May 14. As The Inquistr reported, two of eleven of his children refuse to believe that he died from natural causes. His daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, alleged that King was poisoned.
It’s said that all of this stems from a feud between King’s manager LaVerne Toney and his two daughters over his estate and medical care. According to the report, King’s daughters wanted more control over his medical care. Prior to the physical examination, B.B. was checked out by two independent investigators, who both agreed that B.B. King had not been poisoned prior to his death. It was said that he died of a series of small strokes.
After the news hit that the allegations were unfounded, King’s son Willie released a statement to the Guardian about his sisters.
“There are always – I don’t want to call them this, but – there’s always a rotten apple in the barrel. And sometimes you can take hurt, and turn it into something that it should not be. And I think out of the anger of losing their dad, they went to the extreme. I pray that the public don’t really accept them as an angry person like that, because being my sisters, they are not like that. But sometimes you just don’t know how to express yourself. And you jump out at the nearest person. And they attacked the wrong person.”
The new autopsy revealed that King died from Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other physical conditions such as coronary disease and heart failure, in addition to Type 2 diabetes. This was reported to the Associated Press by Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg on Monday.
B.B. King’s lawyer Brent Bryson said in a statement to Us Weekly, “Unfortunately even musical icons die. 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.”
When B.B. King was laid to rest in Mississippi, a letter by President Barack Obama was read:
“The blues has lost it’s king, and American has lost a legend. No one worked harder than B.B. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn’t do — but will always be glad you did. B.B. may be gone but that thrill will be with us forever.”
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