Thursday, December 2, 2021

Battle Over B.B. King’s Estate Headed to Court

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B.B. King. Photo: AP

*Last month, a judge in Las Vegas tossed a claim filed by three of B.B. King’s 11 surviving children to take control over their father’s affairs. They accused the blues legend’s manager of stealing his money and neglecting his medical care while blocking them from seeing him in home hospice care. Two investigations found no evidence King was abused, so the judge ruled that King’s longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, should remain in legal control of his affairs.

Now, lawyers for Toney have filed documents to block any further bids for control. Page Six is reporting that documents were filed in a Nevada court blasting allegations that King’s family members were kept away during his dying days, that he received poor medical treatment, and that his money was siphoned before he died May 14 at his Las Vegas home at age 89.

“We’re asking the probate commissioner to approve (Toney) as executor and personal representative of the estate,” attorney Brent Bryson said Monday. “The spurious and unjustified allegations made against Ms. Toney by Patty King, Karen Williams and Larissa Drohobyczer will be dealt with at a later time,” he added.

Larissa Drohobyczer represents at least five of King’s 11 surviving adult children, including daughters Karen Williams, Patty King and Rita Washington. They want Toney out of the picture.

Bryson said he’ll ask a probate commissioner on Friday to make official what King said in his will that he wants: to keep Toney in charge.

King’s personal lawyer, Arthur Williams Jr., and his physician, Dr. Darin Brimhall, said that they never saw signs of neglect or abuse. However, two of B.B.’s daughters issued separate (but identically worded) affidavits, claiming their father’s death was a murder.

“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death,” both daughters said in their affidavits. “I believe my father was murdered.”

The allegation prompted an autopsy by the Clark County coroner the day after a King memorial in Las Vegas last month. Results of the toxicology tests are expected in several weeks. Police said there is currently no active homicide investigation.

King was buried May 30 at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi.

Do you think there is more to B.B. King’s death?

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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