Who is Blues legend BB King?

This month saw the world being deprived of the legendary BB King.

He died at the age of 89, in Las Vegas, where he lived for his entire life, while touring for his shows.  He suffered from Type II diabetes for the last two decades of his life. So, obviously, we thought diabetes is the culprit. Turns out, it might not be.

Controversies galore

According to latest reports, Las Vegas police have launched a homicide investigation his death, after the daughters of the blues guitar legend reportedly accused his aides of poisoning him.

Two of his daughters — Karen Williams and Patty King — have alleged he was poisoned by his business manager La Verne Toney and his personal assistant.

“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administrated foreign substances to induce his premature death,” the daughters wrote in separate but identical affidavits, the entertainment site said.

“(I) request a formal investigation into this matter,” the court documents reportedly said.

Given the timeframe for the autopsy, local media reported King’s burial in his home state of Mississippi will likely be postponed.


Despite his legendary musical status, King’s final days were clouded by an apparent dispute between his family and manager over his care.

Toney, who is the executor of King’s estate, shrugged off the daughters’ charge.

“They’ve been making allegations all along. What’s new?” Toney said.

An attorney for King’s estate also dismissed the accusations as “ridiculous”.

Meanwhile, here’s all you need to know about this legend, in case you don’t already know.

  • Riley B. King was born in poverty and grew up working in cotton fields
  • Went on to master the guitar and entered the music business after travelling to Memphis and working for radio stations.
  • Became known as the Beale Street Blues Boy, which eventually earned him the moniker B.B. King.
  • Became the premier ambassador for the blues — the music genre that emerged from African American spirituals in the Deep South.
  • Won 15 Grammy awards over his career and is considered a master of the guitar who influenced a generation of musicians.
  • In Memphis, his longtime place of residence, the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center opened in 2008 to showcase artifacts from the legendary guitarist, as well as the cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta.


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