Blues legend B.B. King has been battling health problems recently and the 89-year-old musician is in “home hospice care” according to posts on his website and official Facebook page stating:
I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas. Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.
CNN affiliate KLAS reported that King was briefly admitted to a Las Vegas hospital on Thursday. According to King’s daughter, Patty King, he wasn’t eating and was suffering from dehydration. KLAS reports that, according to Patty, paramedics ran tests on her father and determined that he might have suffered a minor heart attack but was released later that evening and returned home.
TMZ reported that Patty believes King is being abused and called police earlier in the day to “settle a dispute over whether he needed to be hospitalized.
TMZ has learned there’s a huge battle over B.B.’s care — between his daughter Patty King and his longtime manager Laverne Toney. Patty, who lives with her father in Las Vegas … tells us she wanted to take him to the hospital because his urine was orange and he wasn’t eating.
She claims Toney — who has power of attorney over B.B. — refused, so Patty called police. Responding officers called in paramedics, who agreed B.B. needed to be checked out by doctors.
TMZ posted a photo of King that Patty says was taken during his hospital stay on Thursday, reporting “she hopes the image will convince authorities something needs to be done to protect him.”
According to TMZ, Patty and her boyfriend “filed a police report last November … claiming elder abuse, and burglary. They accused Toney and her assistant of fleecing $20-$30 million from B.B., withholding his medications while on tour — and jacking several Rolexes and a ring valued at $250k.”
TMZ reached out to Toney but received no response at the time of this report. According to TMZ, police are investigating, but no charges have been filed yet.
Meanwhile, Patty told TMZ that she is “meeting with her attorney to discuss wrestling power of attorney away from Toney.”
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