Tuesday, July 5, 2022

B.B. King Only Left $5K to Daughters; Is that why They’re Trippin’? – Lawyer

B.B. King

*Ask B.B. King’s lawyer what he thinks about claims made by the late singer’s daughters about King being poisoned and the word “ridiculous” comes to mind.

Overall, it all comes down to money, according to Brent Bryson.

“My guess is the children and grandchildren don’t like the fact he’s leaving them $3,000 and $5,000 each and then leaving the rest to his lineage for education,” the lawyer told the New York Daily News. “B.B. did not have a very high formal education, and he wanted to have his lineage go to college, so he set up a trust that would pay for college and other expenses.”

Although he didn’t reveal a valuation for King’s estate, Bryson mentioned that, “There are millions, but not the 20 or 30 million that’s been reported.”

Bryson’s comments come after King’s daughters Karen Williams and Patty King signed affidavits Sunday (May 24) accusing their late father’s two aides of poisoning the blues icon. As a result, the daughters are calling for an investigation into their father’s death. On Sunday, the Clark County coroner performed an autopsy on King.

A lawyer for King has spoken out against the murder claims, saying they are false.

On Tuesday (May 27), the King daughters’ lawyer who signed the affidavit fired back against talk of the investigation being an attempt to get money.

“This has nothing to do with money. Whatever results come out will not affect their distribution under the will,” lawyer Larissa Drohobyczer told the Daily News.

Although King is survived by 11 children, the 89-year-old entertainer gave power of attorney to his manager Laverne Toney, whom he also named as the executor of his estate.

Other than regular compensation as executor, Bryson said Toney “gets nothing under the will.”

“I can tell you, there was no motive here for Ms. Toney to do anything,” he said.

As for the King daughters’ claims, Bryson went on to tell the Daily News that, “There’s no basis in reality for these ridiculous allegations,” while pointing out that the daughters “have a long history of trying to manipulate to receive money.”

patty king & karen williams
Patty King & Karen Williams

Prior to King’s death in his Las Vegas home on May 14, Bryson stated that three independent, board-certified doctors examined the vocalist.

“They all stated he was receiving the utmost professional care at home, which is where Mr. King wanted to be,” Bryson said. “He didn’t want invasive treatment.”

With Toney , Bryson revealed that King did have faith in her as executor.

“Apparently he didn’t trust a lot of his family members, that’s why he explicitly named (Toney) his power of attorney and his trustee when he died, and she ran his business while he was performing,” he said.



  1. Soo, sad this man had to indulge in a family affair such as this!! Can’t TRUST FAMILY MEMBERS ARE AS REAL AS KILLER COPS!!!!

  2. A dear Wolof brother from Senegal gave me a deep, thought provoking old saying from his homeland. It goes like this “if you kill all your enemies, you won’t have any relatives left.” Some of the most deceitful and conniving folks I’ve had the DIS-pleasure to deal with in life were my kin folk. They sold me down the river for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a Hebrew slave in the Old Testament. Fanteeking, Cape Coast

  3. Yes, all about the money, if he had divided his millions between the siblings, we wouldn’t even be discussing this. I remember when my mother passed away and we were at my mom house after the funeral, you should have seen all the distant relative’s taking things that belonged to my mom. My aunt finally stepped in and told them to put everything back, that they belonged to us, her children. So sad.

    • Msboni, you jogged my memory! When I was about ten, my hundred year old great, great grandmother died and before, during and after her funeral her church members snuck by a stole some very expensive towels from her chest in her bedroom. My mother and aunt hit the ceiling and told them to bring the stuff back. Thanks for jogging my memory. Fanteeking

  4. I loved BB King! May he rest in peace!
    I am curious about the breakdown in his relationship with his children.
    He spent so much time on the road that perhaps he did not nurture a relationship with his 11 kids!
    With his millions… to leave them a couple of thousand each is SAD!
    His $$$…. but my opinion.

    • Ladybelle, you’re right on target. He’s been on tour for more than SEVEN decades. I remember seeing a photo of his bus with signage “B. B. King’s Ork” that was from the 50’s. It was impossible for him to nurture those many children from more than a dozen different mothers. Judge ye not less ye be judged so I’ll keep my morality to myself. Fanteeking

  5. They should be grateful just for the $5,000. When my father died I was left nothing.
    (No family feud – my Dad just didn’t have his affairs in order)

  6. I was locked up with Patty King in Lowell, Fl, and she used to tell us how much money she stole from her dad, along with other items

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