Shawn King, the wife of the late television host, Larry King, has revealed his cause of death and the final words they shared.
On Saturday, King died at 87-years-old at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
He left behind his three children: Larry Jr., Chance, and Cannon, and his wife, Shawn.
King’s family gave no cause of death but reported he was hospitalized with COVID-19.
In a recent interview, his wife revealed that Larry King did not die from COVID-19, as many may have assumed.
“It was an infection, it was sepsis,” she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“Well, he was finally ready to go, I will tell you that. You know, he never wanted to go but his sweet little body was just, it had just been hit so many times with so many things and once we heard the word COVID, all of our hearts just sunk. But he beat it, you know, he beat it, but it did take its toll and then the unrelated infection finally is what took him, but boy, he was not gonna go down easily.”
According to Shawn, King’s mind “wasn’t right” and his “body was going,” admitting it was a difficult thing to watch.
Larry King In The Midst Of Divorce Before Death
At the time of Larry King’s death, the two were in the middle of a divorce. In August 2015, King filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage.
Shawn also stated that their divorce was “never finalized.”
“In my heart, I didn’t think it was really going to happen and it never did. We were partners in every sense of the way, in business, and in, well, first in our family and then in business. But we’re a close family. You know, family is the most important thing, and God,” she said.
Shawn also mentioned how King spent his final moments in which he was able to Facetime with his children one last time.
“And it was hard for him to talk, but the one message that he wanted to make sure I heard was, ‘I love you, take care of the boys,'” she said.
This week, Larry King’s family held a private funeral for the beloved icon.
“I can very, very distinctly feel him around me and around us. I’m sure he is so happy at the coverage that his passing has gotten. … Larry was a little boy in so many ways.”