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B.B. King's daughters' murder claim

B.B. King's daughters' murder claim

B.B. King's daughters have claimed he was murdered.

The music legend - known to his fans as 'The King of the Blues' - passed away in his sleep in Las Vegas earlier this month but two of his daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, suspect foul play.

Karen and Patty have accused the singer's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, of poisoning him, documents submitted to The Associated Press by their lawyer Larissa Drohobyczer confirm.

Identical statements from the two women read: "I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances. I believe my father was murdered."

Brent Bryson, attorney for B.B. King's estate, called the allegations made "unfounded" and "extremely disrespectful".

He said: "I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libellous allegations."

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the 'Rock Me Baby' hitmaker will be laid to rest in his hometown of Mississippi.

Over the weekend, a public viewing of the open casket was held for fans and well-wishers.

A private funeral for the musician is expected to take place at the Bell Grove M.B. Church in Indianola, Mississippi on Saturday (30.05.15).