Lawyer for King's business manager says charges are "absolutely ridiculous" and "unfounded"
His daughters accuse two of his aides of poisoning him
The coroner's office says there's "no evidence to substantiate the allegations"
Two of B.B. King’s daughters are alleging that the blues legend was poisoned to death by his closest associates. But the coroner says preliminary autopsy results don’t support that contention.
King’s daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams, made the accusations in separate, but identically worded, affidavits filed over the weekend.
“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death,” they said in their affidavits. “I believe my father was murdered.”
Both women accuse LaVerne Toney, King’s business manager, and Myron Johnson, his personal assistant, of neglect.
An attorney for Toney said the daughters were chasing a check.
“This is absolutely about money,” Eric Brent Bryson told CNN, adding the charges were “absolutely ridiculous” and “unfounded.”
King died May 14 in home hospice care in Las Vegas at 89.
No investigation was conducted at the time of his death. And King’s attending physician listed the cause as multi-infarct dementia, which is caused by a series of small strokes.
But the daughters say that two of King’s associates gave him medication to induce diabetic shock.
John Fudenberg, the coroner for Clark County, Nevada, told CNN that initial autopsy results found “no evidence to substantiate the allegations.” But full forensic results will take six to eight weeks.