‘No evidence’ that BB King was murdered, say medics

Medical experts found no evidence that blues singer BB King was poisoned before he died, autopsy results have revealed.

‘No evidence’ that BB King was murdered, say medics

Tests conducted after two of the star’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 said.

Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King had said through their lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer, that King’s business manager LaVerne Toney and his personal assistant Myron Johnson hastened their 89-year-old father’s death.

Brent Bryson, a lawyer for the blues legend’s estate, has said the claims are defamatory.

“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 BB King left the world, and he can finally rest in peace,” he said.

The findings close official investigations of King’s death, Fudenberg said. Homicide officer Lieutenant Dan McGrath said there was no active police investigation.

King died at home in Las Vegas under hospice care.

The autopsy was conducted on May 24, 10 days after King died, and two days after a public viewing in Las Vegas drew more than 1,000 fans and mourners, and a day after a family-and-friends memorial drew 350 people to a funeral chapel.

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