A post-mortem examination on late blues legend BB King has confirmed that he was not poisoned despite allegations from his family.
Tests were ordered by King’s daughters Karen Williams and Patty King after the 89-year-old died in May.
They claimed their father’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened the death.
King even claimed in an affidavit that she saw two drops of an unknown substance placed on the tongue of her father.
But the tests confirmed that the cause of the singer’s 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 told The Associated Press.
“At this point we can say with confidence that Mr. King died of natural causes,” Fudenberg added.
“Our condolences go out to the family and many friends of Mr. King, and we hope this determination brings them some measure of closure.”
BB King: Career in pictures
BB King: Career in pictures
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BB King gestures during his first performance at the Marciac Jazz festival, southwestern France, 1997
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B.B. King performs for hundreds at The Moore Theatre in Seattle, 2014
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BB King arrives on stage to perform US President Barack Obama lit the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, 2010
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(L-R) Musicians The Edge, B.B. King, and Bono perform onstage during the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz honoring B.B. King event held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, 2008
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B.B. King performs at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, in Salisbury, 2007
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B.B. King signs copies of his new book 'The B.B. King Treasures' at Barnes & Noble in New York City, 2005
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(L-R) B.B. King, Sam Haskell and Mary Haskell blow out candles on King's 80th birthday cake at the home of Sam and Mary Haskell in Encino, California, 2005 Funds raised from the event went towards the forthcoming B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi
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B.B. King (C), Steve Tyler (L) and Joe Perry (R) laugh as they present the Grammy for Best Rap Album during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, 2004
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BB King and Samuel L. Jackson at the 'Carousel of Hope Ball 2002' to benefit childhood diabetes, hosted by Barbara and Marvin Davis, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 2002
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B.B. King poses with his Grammy Awards at the 43rd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, 2001. King won for Best Traditional Blues Album, 'Riding with the King', and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for the album entitled 'Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't'
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US President George Bush (R) and First Lady Barbara Bush (C) present the National Medal of Arts to blues musician B.B. King at the white House, 1990
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B.B. King performs at the Nice Jazz Festiva, 1985
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B.B. King and an accompanist perform during the opening of the 1980 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
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B B King pewrforms on stage at an outdoor concert, 1979
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Portrait of the legendary blues singer, songwriter and guitarist B B King, second cousin of Bukka White, 1969
In a statement from King’s estate, lawyer Brent Bryson said they were satisfied with the news.
“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,“ he said. ”Hopefully we can now focus on the body of musical work that B.B. King left the world, and he can finally rest in peace.“
The allegations emerged shortly after the singer’s death and drew considerable press attention, as Williams and King led a group of his remaining children and grandchildren in a bit to wrestle guardianship and oversight of the King estate from Toney. They were ultimately unsuccessful.
These findings conclude official investigation’s into King’s death.
The guitarist and song-writer died on May 14 while under hospice care at home in Las Vegas at the age of 89. No family members were present.Reuse content