No Foul Play In BB King’s Death, Coroner Concludes

No Foul Play In BB King’s Death, Coroner Concludes
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BB King died from Alzheimer’s disease, according to Clark County Coroner’s report, striking out previous doubts the legendary blues musician was murdered.


Suffering from complications from diabetes and high blood pressure, BB King was admitted to the hospital before he succumbed to death during sleep on May 14. He was 89. Days following his death, King’s two children alleged their father was poisoned by his associates.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said as reported by The Associated Press, the musician died from Alzheimer’s disease coupled with other conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, coronary artery disease and brain damage arising from low blood flow.

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“We can say with confidence that Mr. King died of natural causes,” said Fudenberg who claimed the results were determined after conducting toxicology tests and autopsy as well as consulting a neuropathologist.

Also according to the coroner’s report, BB King suffered strokes, but were not the proximate cause of his death.

Premature Death

Patty King and Karen Williams claimed their father was administered with “foreign substances to induce his premature death” by BB’s personal assistant Myron Johnson and business manager Laverne Toney, BBC reports.

The women narrated their father was segregated from the rest of his family a week prior to his death and the only individuals who were with him were Johnson and Toney.

Brushing off the allegation on poisoning, King’s estate lawyer Brent Bryson said, “Ms. Toney and Mr. Johnson are very happy that these false and fictional allegations that were made against them by certain of Mr. King’s children have been dispelled.”

“Hopefully we can now focus on the body of musical work that BB King left the world, and he can finally rest in peace,” the lawyer added.

His statement was echoed by the coroner who remarked that, “Our condolences go out to the family and many friends of Mr. King, and we hope this determination brings them some measure of closure.”

BB King captured the hearts of music lovers with his tracks such as “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Darlin’ You Know I love You” and Three O’ Clock Blues.”