UPDATE: When asked for documentation, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Public Information gave EW this statement Tuesday: “Unfortunately, our Homicide Lieutenant was misquoted Monday by the Associated Press. Until such time as the Clark County Coroner determines Mr. King’s death to be from other than natural causes, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is NOT moving forward with any investigation.” The original story has been updated to reflect this information.
EARLIER: The legal situation following the death of blues legend B.B. King took a messy turn on Monday. Two of his daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, said in affidavits provided to the Associated Press by the daughters’ lawyer that in addition to limiting family contact with the late guitarist, King’s business manager LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson poisoned King to quicken his death. “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances,” Williams and Patty King reportedly said in the affidavit. “I believe my father was murdered.”
Toney is named as the executor of King’s will and held his power of attorney. “The family is sticking together … to oust Ms. Toney based on her illegal conduct, conflicts of interest, and self-dealing,” the daughters’ lawyer Larissa Drohobyczer told the AP.
Brent Bryson, the attorney working for King’s estate, had this to say about the family’s comments: “I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libelous allegations.”