Larry King’s estranged wife Shawn Southwick King has confirmed that the TV icon died of sepsis, not his recent battle with coronavirus.
The beloved journalist died last Saturday in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, two weeks after being moved out of intensive care, where he was being treated after testing positive for Covid-19.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, his widow revealed his cause of death as she stated: ‘It was an infection, it was sepsis. 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 sank.’
She continued: ‘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.’
Shawn, who was married to King from 1997 until 2019, confirmed she was able to speak with Larry, the father of her sons, Chance and Cannon, on video call before his death.
She continued: ‘We were able to do FaceTime in the hospital 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.”‘
Shawn was King’s seventh wife and the pair were in the midst of a divorce at the time of his death.
The 87-year-old presenter was laid to rest on Wednesday, wearing one of his iconic colorful suspenders.
His family, including Shawn and his three sons Larry Jr, 59, Chance, 21, and Cannon, 20, all wore suspenders to his funeral.