B.B. King’s health took a turn for the worse on Thursday, April 30, and his daughter alleged that he is a victim of elder abuse.
According to his daughter, Patty King, the 89-year-old blues guitarist was taken to a Las Vegas hospital on Thursday because he was not eating and was dehydrated. Speaking to KLAS-TV, Patty said King was taken in for observation, and tests revealed he may have had a minor heart attack.
He was released and returned home Thursday evening and is now in home hospice care, according to his website and a message posted on his Facebook page.
TMZ reports that Patty also claims King’s longtime manager, Laverne Toney, is abusing him. According to TMZ, Toney, who lives with King and has power of attorney over him, refused to take him to the hospital on Thursday, even though he was not eating and his urine was orange. Patty called the police, and they called in paramedics, who agreed King needed care.
TMZ says Patty and her boyfriend filed a police report last November accusing Toney of elder abuse and withholding King’s medications. The couple also claim Toney and her assistant stole between $20 and $30 million from the guitarist, as well as several Rolexes and a ring valued at $250,000. Police are investigating the charges.
King was diagnosed with Type II diabetes more than two decades ago and spent several days in the hospital in early April for diabetes-related dehydration. He was also forced to cancel eight shows in October last year due to dehydration and exhaustion following a performance at Chicago’s House of Blues.