Shawn Southwick, who was in the midst of divorcing Larry King at the time of his death, said it was the infection that “took him” in the end
Larry King ’s heartbroken estranged wife has said the TV icon died of sepsis following his battle with Covid.
The legendary US talk show host died at the age of 87 last weekend after he was hospitalised after contracting the deadly virus.
Now, the late TV’s star’s seventh wife Shawn Southwick has said Larry was unable to overcome sepsis while battling Covid and he was “ready to go” because he was so ill.
Shawn, who was in the midst of divorcing Larry at the time of his death, said it was the infection that “took him” in the end.
“It was an infection, it was sepsis. Well, he was finally ready to go, I will tell you that,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
“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.
“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 shares two sons Chance, 21, and Cannon, 20, with the late TV personality — bid farewell to her estranged husband over a video call.
Larry had filed for divorce from Shawn in August 2019, nine years after they originally split.
The pair tied the knot in 1997 after falling head over heels for one another at a high-profile event in Hollywood.
Larry died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles.
A statement posted online by his Ora Media company confirmed the sad news.
It read: “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the sad death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King.
“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television, and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.
“Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience.
“Whether he was interviewing a U.S. president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short, direct, uncomplicated questions.
“He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief…
“Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry, Jr, Chance, Cannon, and the entire King family.
“Funeral services and a memorial service will be announced later in co-ordination with the King family, who ask for privacy at this time.”
The TV icon’s death came after years of health problems including battles with lung and prostate cancer.