The row between BB King’s surviving daughters and his manager has deepened as LaVerne Toney has been named sole executor of the late blues legend’s estate.
The will, filed in January 2007, puts LaVerne Toney alone in charge of administering BB King’s assets, his property and his trust.
However, BB King’s daughters, Karen Williams, Patty King, Rita Washington and Barbara Winfree, have alleged LaVerne Toney – who managed the blues legend for nearly 40 years – stole from their father, isolated him and poisoned him before his death on May 14, at the age of 89.
LaVerne Toney’s lawyer, Brent Bryson, argues the claims have no basis in fact and says the family members has provided no evidence that a competing will exists.
“There has to be more to the objections than hollow allegations and innuendo,” Brent Bryson said.
The trust documents have not been filed publicly.
BB King has 11 surviving adult children, and 35 grandchildren.
Meanwhile, a murder investigation has been launched into BB King’s death after two of his daughters claimed the blues legend was poisoned.
Karen Williams and Patty King said BB King was given “foreign substances to induce his premature death” by his business manager Laverne Toney.
Lawyers for BB King’s estate said the claims are unfounded and disrespectful.
However, the possibility of homicide will now be investigated by the coroner and police in Nevada.
BB King was born on September 16, 1925, to sharecroppers and worked in the cotton fields as a child before picking up the guitar.
Considered one of the world’s greatest players, BB King was known for his sharp single notes and vibrato on the electric guitar he christened Lucille.
Known for songs such as The Thrill Is Gone, Three O’Clock Blues and Darlin’ You Know I Love You, he influenced generations of guitar players, and was inducted to both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
BB King was married twice and had 15 natural and adopted children, 11 of whom are still alive.