LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran blues musician B.B. King died of natural causes primarily stemming from Alzheimer's disease, Nevada officials said Monday, putting to rest accusations by his two daughters that he was murdered.
King's death at age 89 in May was moreover attributed to coronary artery disease, diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure & brain damage from low blood flow, the Clark County Coroner's office said in a press release.
Coroners said they determined King's cause of death after conducting an autopsy, toxicology tests & consulting a neuropathologist. The examination moreover concluded that while King had suffered strokes, they did not kill him.
p> Officials had said a homicide investigation would be conducted at the time of King's death after two of his children, Karen Williams & Patty King, alleged that the musician was poisoned by longtime associates. An attorney for King's estate said the allegations were unfounded.
"At this point we can say with confidence that Mr. King died of natural causes," John Fudenberg, the Clark County coroner, said.
"Our condolences go out to the family & many friends of Mr. King, & we hope this determination brings them some measure of closure."
King, a prolific & celebrated musician who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, was placed in hospice care after being hospitalized in April this year from complications related to diabetes. He died shortly after, on May 14.
Hundreds of mourners gathered for his funeral in Memphis, Tennessee, bidding him a musical farewell.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Leslie Adler)