…King died in his sleep May 14 in Las Vegas after a series of diabetic strokes
…Karen Williams and Patty King allege business manager LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson poisoned their father
…Homicide detectives are investigating
…Autopsy was performed Sunday on King’s embalmed body
…The King family previously said they weren’t allowed to see father’s body
…Over 1,000 gathered for a memorial in Vegas on Saturday
Two of B.B. King’s children who have been very outspoken about the blues legend’s final days are now accusing the singer’s closest aides of poisoning him.
Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents provided by their lawyer to The Associated Press that King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, killed their father.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Monday that an autopsy was performed Sunday on King’s embalmed body, and test results will take up to eight weeks.
Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Steiber confirmed that homicide detectives are investigating.
Toney and Johnson each declined to comment.
The coroner says King’s body has been returned to a mortuary, and the investigation shouldn’t delay planned memorials this week in Memphis, Tennessee, and Indianola, Mississippi.
Williams and Patty King – along with sisters Rita Washington and Barbara King Winfree, and brother Willie King – first raised suspicions last week during a viewing of King’s body.
They said Thursday that they didn’t think their father looked like himself.
Williams and Patty King accused King’s longtime business agent Toney of keeping them from seeing their father for a week after he died May 14 at home at age 89 — and of preventing them from taking photos of him in his casket.
‘A picture paints 1,000 words,’ Patty King said as she showed cellphone images of the same family group with their father at his birthday in September.
‘He loved his children.’
The five family members refer to themselves as a family board.
B.B. King is survived by eleven of his 15 children.
Toney, who worked for King for 39 years, has retained power-of-attorney over his affairs and estate despite several court challenges by Williams and Patty King.
Toney told AP she’s doing what B.B. King said he wanted.
‘They want to do what they want to do, which is take over, I guess,’ Toney said of the family group. ‘But that wasn’t Mr. King’s wishes. Mr. King would be appalled.’
B.B. King’s will, dated Jan. 18, 2007, and filed Wednesday under his birth name, Riley B. King, appoints Toney as sole executor of his affairs. Another daughter, Riletta Williams, was second in line, but she died last September.
Toney is banning the media and photographs of any kind during the public viewing from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Palm Mortuary on South Jones Boulevard.
Funeral director Matt Phillips said viewers will be able to file past the open casket and security officials will prevent photos. The media won’t be allowed inside.
King’s eldest daughter, Shirley King, who isn’t part of the group, has booked a Las Vegas Strip venue for what she said will be a free musical tribute event starting an hour after the public viewing ends.
‘I don’t want to be part of the argument over his life,’ said Shirley King, who lives in Chicago and performs as Daughter of the Blues.
She booked a room at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at the Linq promenade to open at 8 p.m. Friday for what she said will be live music and remembrances.
‘I don’t want to fight with family. I don’t want to fight with management,’ she said. ‘When everybody gets through being sad about him leaving, I want them to come out and let the good times roll and be happy about his life.’
Saturday’s 11 a.m. memorial service at a Palm Mortuary chapel near downtown Las Vegas was announced as a gathering for family and friends only, but Toney said she doesn’t know who will attend.
Plans then call for a Wednesday procession with his body down Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Handy Park tribute.
Officials say the autopsy and investigation will not disturb the memorials.
After that, King’s body will be driven to Mississippi for another ceremony and burial May 30 at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola.
B.B. King Death Timeline
January 18, 2007 – B.B. King signs a will making business manager LaVerne Toney executor of his estate followed by daughter Riletta Williams.
September 2014 – Riletta Williams passes away.
October 3, 2014 – In the middle of a set at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois, King is forced to stop playing, and later cancels the eight remaining shows of his tour for health reasons.
May 1, 2015 – King announces on his website that he is receiving hospice care at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada.
May 14, 2015 – King dies in his sleep, reportedly the result of a series of small strokes brought on by his diabetes.
May 21, 2015 – Five of King’s children are able to view his body for the first time, claiming that Toney had not allowed anyone in the family to see the man before that day. They note that their father did not look like himself. They also claim they are told they cannot take photos of their father.
May 24, 2015 – An autopsy is performed on King’s body, with results expected to take eight weeks.
May 25, 2015 – King’s daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents that their father was poisoned by Toney and his personal assistant Myron Johnson. Police in Las Vegas reveal that homicide detectives are looking into the singer’s death. Both Toney and Johnson decline to comment.