The autopsy concludes that Alzheimer’s disease was the “primary contributor factor” in King’s death, with type 2 diabetes, coronary artery atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, hypertension, and cerebral vascular disease acting as “significant contributing factors.”
However, “there was no evidence of poisoning,” according to the coroner, disputing a claim made by King’s family that he was poisoned by his longtime manager, LaVerne Torey.
Two of King’s 11 children, Patty King and Karen Williams, insisted that Torey had given their father a substance that contributed to his death. They also alleged that Torey stole upwards of $30 million from their father, and had gone to court to remove Toney’s power of attorney over King.
“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 filed following the musician’s death.
According to Rolling Stone, King and Williams have yet to comment on autopsy’s findings, but they could still launch their own independent investigation.