B.B. King's estate battle heads to Las Vegas courtroom
B.B. King was laid to rest two weeks ago, but it would seem that was the end of everyone playing nice. The battle over his estate moved to the courtroom on Monday when the designated executor of his estate per King’s will, LaVerne Toney, drew papers in response to claims that she mismanaged King’s money (to her benefit), blocked family members from visiting the blues legend in his final days, and medically mistreated King.
The aim of enlisting the court is to make official what King’s will asked, that Toney—who mananged the singer’s road show business for near 40 years—remain in charge of his estate.
Two of King’s 11 adult children, Patty King and Karen Williams, levied claims through their lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer, following King’s death that Toney and their father’s assistant of 10 years, Myron Johnson, poisoned him. On Monday, Toney’s attorney, Brent Bryson, told the Associated Press that, “The spurious and unjustified allegations made against Ms. Toney by Patty King, Karen Williams and Larissa Drohobyczer will be dealt with at a later time.”
King’s death is currently not being handled as a homicide, but the claims did prompt an autopsy to be performed on the late singer. Toxicology reports are not expected for several more weeks.