Police: Probe of B.B. King death depends on coroner findings

B.B. King

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Las Vegas police say there’s no active homicide investigation of the death of B.B. King, despite claims by two of the blues legend’s heirs that King’s two closest aides poisoned him.

Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said Monday that any police action will depend on autopsy findings.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg says there’s no immediate evidence supporting allegations by a lawyer who says she represents King’s heirs.

Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened their father’s death.

An autopsy was performed on King’s body Sunday, and results of forensic tests are expected to take up to eight weeks.

Fudenberg says his investigation won’t delay upcoming services for King in Memphis, Tennessee, and his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi.

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