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Dispute over BB King's wealth is thrown out of court

By AP Reporter

A dispute over B B King's health and wealth has been thrown out of court by a judge in Las Vegas who said two investigations found no evidence the blues legend is being abused.

King's doctor said the 89-year-old musician was in home hospice care. The ruling keeps King's long-time business manager, Laverne Toney, in legal control of King's affairs.

Three of King's 11 surviving children said they suspected Ms Toney was stealing money and neglecting King's medical care.

But Clark County family court hearing master Jon Norheim said police and social services investigations in October and April uncovered no reason to take power-of-attorney from Ms Toney.

King's daughter Karen Williams said in an April 29 petition that more than $5m (£3.2m) in assets were at stake.

Ms Williams and legal adviser Frederick Waid allege Ms Toney has blocked friends from visiting King. They also say she put her family members on the King payroll, and that large sums of money have disappeared from King's bank accounts.

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