Legendary blues musician B.B. King is in hospice care in his Las Vegas home, according to a statement on his official website.
The 89-year-old musician posted a message of thanks on his official website for fans’ well-wishes and prayers. Laverne Toney, King’s longtime business manager and current power-of-attorney, told the Associated Press that King was “where he wishes to be.”
“He’s always told me he doesn’t want to be in a hospital. He wants to be at home.” According to AP, an ambulance was summoned on Thursday at King’s home after what was characterised as “a domestic dispute over medical care”. No arrests were made.
According to reports by TMZ, King’s daughter Patty allegedly called police after Laverne Toney refused to take him to the hospital. She said the 89-year-old musician was treated at the hospital, having suffered a minor heart attack.
King’s daughter has also accused Toney of elderly abuse and burglary, but no charges have been filed against him.
A few weeks ago it was reported that King was taken to hospital and was suffering from dehydration caused by his Type II diabetes. That followed a shakey and erratic April 2014 show in St Louis, Missouri, after which the Blues legend was forced to issue an apology for the reportedly sub-standard performance.
No further statement has been issued about B.B. King’s current state of health.