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B.B King's Children In Heated Battle Over His Estate

05/30/2016
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(The Blues) B.B King's 11 children are waging war over the singer's multi-million dollar estate. The blues icon died last year aged 89. His passing sparked allegations from his daughters, Karen Williams, Patty King and Rita Washington, that his manager LaVerne Toney and assistant Myron Johnson had poisoned him. The claims were investigated by police, who reached the conclusion that no foul play had been involved in King's death.

Johnson - the half-brother of Williams, but not the son of King - then launched legal action against the sisters, laying seven charges including defamation, slander, libel and conspiracy.

The bluesman's eldest daughter Shirley King tells The Hollywood Reporter: "LaVerne and Myron are controlling everything. They're fighting some of the kids with my dad's money - how stupid is that?"

Her half-sister Barbara adds: "The poisoning thing? Yeah, that was a rough time, there was a lot of hurt, but that situation will be cleared up in the end. We all support and love each other."

In a legal wrangle that began weeks after he died, the 11 surviving children continue to battle with King's appointed trustee, longtime business manager Toney, to reinstate a previous estate plan written in 2007 which promised them more money. Read more here.

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