Wednesday 26 October 2016

BB's family see body before Vegas display

Five of BB King's adult children have visited the late blues great before his body goes on public view in Las Vegas.

They said the King of the Blues was dressed in a signature purple and gold brocade jacket with black lapels.

But some among the group - daughters Karen Williams, Patty King, Rita Washington and Barbara King Winfree and son Willie King - said they did not think their 89-year-old father looked like himself.

Williams and Patty King accused King's long-time business agent, LaVerne Toney, of keeping them from seeing their father for a week after he died at home on May 14 and of preventing them from taking photos of him in his coffin.

"A picture paints 1,000 words," Patty King said as she showed mobile phone images of the same family group with their father at his birthday in September. "He loved his children."

The five refer to themselves as a family board. BB King is survived by 11 of his 15 children.

Ms Toney, who worked for King for 39 years, has retained power of attorney over his estate.

King's body went on display ahead of a memorial service at a Palm Mortuary chapel near downtown Las Vegas tomorrow. King's body will travel to Mississippi for another ceremony and burial on May 30.

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