A Spokesman For The Las Vegas Metro Police Department Has Cleared Up Reports Suggesting Authorities Are Treating B.B. King's Death As A Homicide, Insisting An Investigation Will Only Be Launched If Toxicology Results Suggest The Blues Great Was Poisoned.
Two of King's daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, have filed complaints with police amid suspicions their dad's representative, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, had something to do with his passing on 14 May (15), even though the Las Vegas Coroner and the guitar legend's own physician ruled the musician died peacefully in his sleep after suffering a series of small strokes.
An autopsy was performed on King's remains on Sunday (24May15) and on Monday (25May15), Lieutenant Ray Steiber appeared to reveal that homicide detectives were looking into the daughters' claims.
However, police spokesman John Sheahan has since clarified the comments, saying, "Until such time as the Clark County Coroner determines Mr. King's death to be from other than natural causes, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is not moving forward with any investigation."
The toxicology results are not expected to be made available for another six to eight weeks.
Clark County Coroner John Fuddenberg adds, "At this point, we don't have evidence that these allegations of foul play will be substantiated. However, we are taking them very seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation."
Meanwhile, Williams and King's lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer, states, "The children only want to know the truth. They said they saw pills given to him and drops on his tongue. They are not sure whether it was a legitimate substance or poison. They saw this on an ongoing basis since he collapsed at his show last year. But these are just suspicions - that's why we need to do the toxicology."
King's estate attorney Brent Bryson blasted the poison accusations on Monday, calling them "defamatory and libellous", and "extremely disrespectful to B.B. King".
The blues legend is due to be laid to rest in his native Mississippi on Saturday (30May15).