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Despite allegations that blues legend B.B. King was poisoned to death by close associates, a coroner’s investigation has found no evidence of foul play, Reuters reports.

The famous musician, who passed away May 14 in home hospice care, died of Alzheimer’s disease, the report revealed. Shortly after King’s death, his daughters came forth with allegations that those responsible for the care of the legend gave him medication to induce diabetic shock.

The report found no such evidence to support the claim.

From Reuters:

King’s death at age 89 in May was also attributed to coronary artery disease, diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure and 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 and consulting a neuropathologist. The examination also concluded that while King had suffered strokes, they did not kill him.

“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 and many friends of Mr. King, and we hope this determination brings them some measure of closure.”

The investigation into King’s death has been closed.



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