Two of B.B. King’s daughters are accusing his associates of murder, but King’s lawyer says the claims are ridiculous.
Attorney Brent Bryson says any claims of murder are “baseless and unfounded and are unsupported in reality.” Bryson also says King’s business manager “did everything she could to carry out the wishes of Mr. King while he was alive, and continues to carry out Mr. King’s wishes after his death“.
The judge and coroner haven’t found any evidence of foul play, but the coroner is conducting a full investigation.
Bryson’s full statement below:
“Recently allegations have been made accusing LaVerne Toney of wrongdoing involving the death of Riley B. King (B. B. King). The allegations are baseless and unfounded and are unsupported in reality.
Up until the time that Mr. King passed peacefully in his sleep, Mr. King was monitored on a 24-hour basis by Certified Nursing Assistants.
Additionally, Mr. King was visited regularly by Registered Nurses. Mr. King was evaluated by no less than three (3) independent doctors in the days before his death.
Dr. Darin Brimhall (Mr. King’s primary care physician for several years) stated there is no action being taken to hasten the demise of Mr. King and every effort is being made to make Mr. King comfortable and supply him with his regular medication and nourishment.”
Dr. Dean Tsai, an independent doctor, asked to render a second opinion stated, “In my medical judgment patient is appropriate for hospice with a very limited expected prognosis (l would estimate weeks). He clearly has had significant decline and I see no reversible component. He is currently getting home hospice care which is entirely appropriate given his known wishes and clinical status.”
Dr. Ivan Goldsmith gave a third independent opinion stating: “Home hospice care is entirely appropriate in this situation. There is no evidence of poly pharmacy or inappropriate medications being given to Mr. King.”
Unfortunately even musical icons die. Ms. Toney did everything she could to carry out the wishes of Mr. King while he was alive, and continues to carry out Mr. King’s wishes after his death. I hope over these next few days we can focus on Mr. King’s musical gifts to the world and not fictional statements made by those seeking attention at the expense of Mr. King.”