Blues music legend B.B. King is gone and his legacy will live on, apparently so will the controversy surrounding his estate. This week four of King’s daughters, Patty King, Karen Williams, Rita Washington and Barbara Winfree filed a lawsuit claiming that his longtime manager, LaVerne Toney; and her aide, Myron Johnson, were unfit to act as executors of his estate. In addition, the King’s daughters claim that their father left a second will.
Prior to King’s death, the daughters made claims that Toney moved more than $1 million from King’s bank accounts, restricted his medical care, changed the locks at his home, and forbid family and friends from being by his side when he died. The most serious charge the group put forward was that King was poisoned; this accusation lead to the autopsy of King’s body,
“At this point, we don’t have evidence that allegations of foul play will be substantiated. However, we are taking them very seriously and we will be conducting a thorough investigation,” said Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said in a statement.
Las Vega Police also issued a brief statement on the case, “Until such time as the coroner determines Mr. King’s death to be other than natural causes, the Las Vegas metropolitan police department is not moving forward with any investigation.”
King died on May, 14, 2015, at the age of 89 and was buried in Indianola, Mississippi, at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, in Indianola.