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No evidence that B.B. King was poisoned, coroner says

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The Las Vegas medical examiners who performed B.B. King’s autopsy found no evidence that the singer was poisoned before his death.

The official cause of death for King, who died in May, is Alzheimer’s disease, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told Entertainment Weekly. Other significant physical conditions listed on King’s death certificate include coronary artery atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, cerebrovascular disease, hypertension, and congestive heart failure, Fudenberg said.

The findings come after two King’s 11 adult children — daughters Karen Williams and Patty King — alleged their father was poisoned by his business manager LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson to quicken his death. Fudenberg said Monday that King’s autopsy offered no evidence to support those allegations.

Williams and King’s attorney could not be reached immediately for comment.

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