B.B. King’s autopsy reveals he was not poisoned.
The blues legend passed away at the age of 89 in May after receiving hospice care in Las Vegas, with his death at the time attributed to a series of small strokes caused by his Type 2 diabetes.
Following his passing two of King’s daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams, submitted statements alleging their father had been killed.
“We found no evidence of poisoning,” Coroner John Fudenberg told New York Daily News.
“At this point, we can say with confidence that Mr. King died of natural causes. Our condolences go out to the family and many friends of Mr. King, and we hope this determination brings them some measure of closure,” he added, reports NBC News.
The autopsy did reveal that the singer had died from Alzheimer’s disease compounded by coronary disease, heart failure, hypertension and cerebral vascular disease, as well as the Type 2 diabetes already known about.
Karen and Patty’s claims stemmed from their accusations that King’s business manager Louise LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson had administered suspicious substances to the singer before he died.
“Both Ms. Toney and Mr. Johnson are happy that the spurious and disparaging allegations made by certain of Mr. King’s children against them have been dispelled,” lawyer E. Brent Bryson, who represented the two, said to the publication.
“Perhaps we can now focus on the body of musical work Mr. King left the world and stop the ‘witch hunt’ so that Mr. King may now finally rest in peace.”
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