Category Archives: INDIE MUSIC NEWS

B.B. King Coroner's Report: No Evidence of Poisoning

A Las Vegas coroner’s report found that B.B. King showed no traces of poisoning at the time of his May 14th death and that the blues legend died of natural causes. Clark County coroner John Fudenberg tells Rolling Stone that Alzheimer’s disease was the “primary contributing factor” in the musician’s death, with type 2 diabetes, coronary artery atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, hypertension and cerebral vascular disease acting as “significant contributing factors.” “There was no evidence of poisoning,” Fudenberg says.

Fudenberg’s findings contradict allegations by two of King’s daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams, that his manager LaVerne Torey and his longtime assistant Myron Johnson hastened the bluesman’s death by administering an unknown substance to King in the weeks before his death. “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances. I believe my father was murdered,” King and Williams said in court documents. Prior to B.B. King’s funeral, Nevada officials ordered an autopsy to ascertain whether there was any truth to the poisoning allegations.

“It is unfortunate that Mr. King’s body had to be subjected to a needless autopsy based upon fictional assertions,” Brent Bryson, a lawyer for the B.B. King estate, said in a statement. “As expected, the autopsy report confirms that Mr. King died as a result of natural causes, and not as the result of poisoning or other wrongful conduct by Louise LaVerne Toney, Myron Johnson or anyone else. Both Ms. Toney and Mr. Johnson are happy that the spurious and disparaging allegations made by certain of Mr. King’s children against them, have been dispelled. Perhaps we can now focus on the body of musical work Mr. King left the world and stop the ‘witch hunt’ so that Mr. King may now finally rest in peace.”

A lawyer for Patty King and Williams did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Torey and some of King’s 11 surviving children have long sparred over the bluesman’s estate, with three of the King children taking his manager to court in April to argue over power of attorney. Following King’s death, Torey was named the administrator of his estate, which could be worth tens of millions of dollars. After Torey and Johnson were accused of poisoning by King’s daughters, Bryson labeled the claims as “baseless,” “ridiculous” and “extremely disrespectful.” Torey herself dismissed the allegations, saying “They’ve been making allegations all along. What’s new?”

Fudenberg tells Rolling Stone that the disclosure of the autopsy results “concludes our investigation.” With the coroner’s report showing no poisoning, it’s unclear how King’s daughters will proceed. While King’s family can legally hire a private forensic pathologist to conduct an independent autopsy, they have yet to announce any future plans.

Watch M.I.A.'s 'Matahdatah' Video Featuring New Track 'Swords'

M.I.A. unveiled a new audiovisual project titled “Matahdatah Scroll 01 ‘Broader Than A Border'” Monday on Apple Music, and the five-minute clip features a pair of the rapper’s songs: Matangi‘s “Warriors” and a new track called “Swords,” which is set for her upcoming album Matahdatah. The video, filmed by M.I.A. in India and West Africa, shows different forms of dance in these regions – including a group of young girls making music by swirling metal poles like swords – juxtaposed with footage of the rapper lighting an Om symbol outside an Indian temple.

M.I.A.’s latest track picks up where Matangi left off: With thumping bass, worldly polyrhythmic beats and a hypnotic chorus. At around the two-minute mark, “Swords” swirls with a distinctly Indian melody before breaking back towards its anthemic chanting.

“My new song ‘Swords’ was filmed in a Temple in India and we recorded the clang of the metal to make the beat at the same time as shooting these incredible girls,” M.I.A said in a statement of the single, which was co-produced by Spanker. “There’s 10 more of these countries coming and I haven’t chased where to go yet, so who knows where this project will take me.”

As for the Matangi half of “Scroll 01,” M.I.A. said, “‘Warriors’ was shot in Cote d’Ivoire with a guy I saw in a YouTube video doing the most incredible dancing. I tracked down that exact guy, flew out there and played him the ‘Warriors’ track. He did his thing for me. He is a spiritual warrior and communicates through dancing. It’s a lifelong commitment for him to be the designated spiritual body that channels that dance.”

M.I.A. also discussed how her upcoming album differs from 2013’s Matangi. “The concept for this LP is ‘broader then a border’ and Matahdatah is the journal of Matangi. Sometimes I move vertical and sometimes I move horizontal.” No release date for Matahdatah has been announced. “Matahdatah Scroll 01” is the first in a series of videos the musician will release in the lead up to her new LP, with each video filmed in a different country. (M.I.A. already tweeted that she’s in the process of making Scroll 02.)

“I directed and edited my first music video for “Warriors” for my last album, Matangi, and I held it back until now, because it inspired me to make a whole series of songs and videos on the concept of borders,” says M.I.A. “Making songs and videos at the same time out of a suitcase on location is something I did on my album Kala, but it’s video, as well as music, made by me in a very Arular way.”

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