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BB King's death not suspicious: coroner

By Staff Reporter

Published 15/07/2015

B.B. King
B.B. King

Medical experts found no evidence that blues legend BB King was poisoned before he died, post-mortem tests have revealed.

Tests conducted after two of the star's 11 adult children said their father had been murdered showed the cause of death was Alzheimer's disease, plus physical conditions including coronary disease, heart failure and the effects of Type 2 diabetes, Clark County coroner John Fudenberg said. The findings close official investigations of King's death, he added.

Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King had said through their lawyer Larissa Drohobyczer that King's business manager LaVerne Toney and his personal assistant Myron Johnson hastened their 89-year-old father's death.

Brent Bryson, a lawyer for King's estate, has said the claims are defamatory.

"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," he said.

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