Remember B.B. King? After his death 15 children from 15 different mothers fought over his estate
Blues singer and songwriter B.B. King, also known as The King of Blues, passed away in 2015. His 15 children fought over the money of his estate.
King died peacefully in his sleep on May 14, 2015, at the age of 89 after suffering from heart failure as a consequence of several strokes and his type 2 diabetes.
“The Thrill is Gone” singer’s romantic life was very interesting. Even though he was married twice, he didn’t have any child with those wives. However, he allegedly was the father of 15 children from 15 different women he slept with throughout his life.
One of the most impressive aspects of it was that his biographer, Charles Sawyer, revealed that according to King’s doctor's statement, his sperm count was too low to produce children.
Even knowing so, the singer would trust every woman who came forward claiming that he was the father of her child without asking for any proof or tests, which is why he allegedly is survived by 15 children.
King took care of every single one of his children while he was alive as he paid for college tuitions, set up trust funds and even visited some of them in jail.
The “Sweet Sixteen” singer always wanted his family to remain united and have each other’s back, but when he died, his children couldn’t please their father’s last wish.
King left his estate in charge of LaVarne Toney, his long-time manager. Unfortunately, the singer’s children weren’t pleased by that decision and started a lawsuit against Toney as they wanted to have the nearly-$40-million fortune.
Toney pointed out that a reality check revealed that the estate was valued at $5 million and that even though King’s will name his children, no specific sum of money or any monetary gifts were stated.
Some of the siblings even accused Toney of poisoning their father so she could keep all the money, but an autopsy ordered by officials revealed that there was no foul play in King’s death, and the case was dismissed.
Shirley, one of the singer’s daughters, admitted that she saw him working throughout his life to take care of the family, so his children should be the recipients of the money.
"My dad told us, 'Even when I'm gone, I'm gonna take care of you.' But we haven't received a dime since he died. We got a lawyer, and we are trying to fight and get what belongs to us," said Riley, another child of King.
During his funeral, a woman showed up saying that King was her father and that she had been trying to contact the singer for a while sending him letters and paperwork, but he refused to acknowledge her.
So far, all those lawsuits are still in dispute.