When 89-year-old blues legend B.B. King passed away this month, many assumed that he died of natural causes, but his daughters have made allegations that he was in fact murdered. Karen Williams and Patty King have alleged that their father was poisoned by two of his longtime business associates, one of whom had power of attorney over his affairs. “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances. I believe my father was murdered,” each of King’s daughters said in a statement released to the press. The women also allege that these two associates prevented them or other family members from visiting King during his last days.
King was in hospice care at his home after being hospitalized earlier this year with dehydration due to diabetes. An attorney for his estate has called the allegations unfounded and disrespectful. Regardless, Nevada officials have said that they will conduct an autopsy and a homicide investigation. While forensic results will take six to eight weeks, a coroner for Clark County, Nevada, told CNN that the initial autopsy found “no evidence to substantiate the allegations.”
King’s funeral is planned for Friday in Mississippi.