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B.B. King Was Poisoned By His Manager - Says Daughters

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Williams and Patty King - along with sisters Rita Washington and Barbara King Winfree, and brother Willie King - first raised suspicions last week during a viewing of King's body.

A week before King's death, a judge in Las Vegas dismissed a request from Williams to take over as King's guardian.

An April 29 petition alleged that Toney had blocked King's friends from visiting him and had put her family members on King's payroll. It also alleged that large sums of money had disappeared from King's bank accounts.

On Thursday they said that they didn't think their father looked like himself. Their father reportedly died from several stroked caused by his diabetes.

Williams and Patty King accused Toney of keeping them from seeing their father for a week after he died May 14 at home at age 89 and of preventing them from taking photos of him in his casket.

'A picture paints 1,000 words,' Patty King said as she showed cellphone images of the same family group with their father at his birthday in September. 'He loved his children.' The five family members refer to themselves as a family board.

Three doctors determined that King was appropriately cared-for, and King received 24-hour care and monitoring by medical professionals "up until the time that he peacefully passed away in his sleep," Toney's attorney Brent Bryson said on Monday.

"He did not want invasive medical procedures," he said. "He made the decision to return home for hospice care instead of staying in a hospital. These unfounded allegations have caused Mr. King to undergo an autopsy, which is exactly what he didn't want."
B.B. King is survived by 11 of his 15 children.

Toney said she's doing what B.B. King said he wanted.
'They want to do what they want to do, which is take over, I guess, but that wasn't Mr. King's wishes. Mr. King would be appalled.'

 B.B. King's will, dated Jan. 18, 2007, and filed Wednesday under his birth name, Riley B. King, appoints Toney as sole executor of his affairs. Another daughter, Riletta Williams, was second in line, but she died last September.

Toney is banning the media and photographs of any kind during the public viewing from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Palm Mortuary on South Jones Boulevard.

Funeral director Matt Phillips said viewers will be able to file past the open casket and security officials will prevent photos. The media won't be allowed inside.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said on Monday that an autopsy was performed on King's embalmed body on Sunday, and that the test results will take up to eight weeks.
B.B. King will be buried on May 30 at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola.

Source: AP
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