B.B. King Estate Fight: One Year Later and No End in Sight
Legendary blues musician B.B. King passed away on May 14, 2015 due to congestive heart failure at the age of 89. In a will created in 2007, King named his longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, as the executor/personal representative of his will. The 2007 will, thus, puts Toney solely in charge of administering King’s assets, his property, and his trust. In June 2015, a Las Vegas judge confirmed Toney’s appointment as sole executor, and rejected efforts to contest the will made by four of Mr. King’s children.
Although B.B. King did not have children from either of his two marriages, he nevertheless claimed to have 15 children with 15 different women over the course of his lifetime. Confusing the situation still further, King’s doctors determined in the 1980’s that due to King’s low sperm count, he was not able to conceive children. However, King never disputed paternity, and claimed to be the father of all 15 children, 11 of whom are still alive and have been fighting Toney over the estate.