US to investigate B.B. King’s death as homicide
- Daughters claim foul play after ‘The King of Blues’ dies in his sleep
May 26, 2015 8:31 AM
NEW YORK (AA) - The death of legendary American guitarist B.B. King will be investigated as homicide, local media said Monday.
The development followed claims by two of his daughters that King may have been poisoned.
Karen Williams and Patty King alleged that King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, played a role in hastening his death, according to media reports.
The claims prompted Nevada authorities to perform a new autopsy on his body on Sunday.
“Our coroner takes jurisdctn over #BBKing body, performs autopsy. Results:6-8wks min. Homicide investgtn w/ @LVMPD,” Clark County, which incorporates the city of Las Vegas, said on Twitter on Monday.
“The King of Blues” died in his sleep on May 14 in Las Vegas at the age of 89 and an initial autopsy reportedly said he passed away after a series of small strokes.
King was considered as one of the most important electric guitarists of the last half of the 20th century and was a principal figure in the development of blues music. During the course of his lengthy career, he won 15 Grammy awards and notched dozens of entries on Billboard’s R&B charts.