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B.B. King Hospitalized After Daughter Makes Elder-Abuse Charge

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UPDATE: B.B. King’s Facebook page has been updated with the following information: “A Message From B.B.: ‘I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas. Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.’ B.B. King.”

B.B. King has been treated by doctors after his daughter charged the blues legend’s longtime manager with elder abuse.

Patty King, who lives with her 89-year-old father, told TMZ that she became worried when her dad’s urine turned orange. She said he wasn’t eating either. But Laverne Toney, who has power of attorney over the ailing blues legend, allegedly refused to take him to the hospital. Patty King called the police, who then summoned paramedics.

B.B. King was then treated at a local hospital, where his daughter said he suffered a minor heart attack. She is now pushing for authorities to step in and protect King, who has worked with Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, U2 and David Gilmour over the years.

This apparently isn’t her first complaint against Toney: TMZ reports that last November Patty charged her with elder abuse and burglary, saying that the manager and her assistant have siphoned off as much as $30 million from B.B. King, while allegedly withholding medications during King’s tour and pilfering jewelry valued at $250,000. Police investigated, according to TMZ, but ultimately no charges were filed.

King was rushed to the hospital last month after suffering from dehydration. An erratic show in April 2014 was attributed to a missed dose of diabetes medication. Dehydration was also blamed when a series of shows was postponed in the fall of 2014. King eventually canceled all of his remaining concerts last year.

Patty King now says she will move to switch her father’s power of attorney. Toney has not yet commented on these new charges.

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