King, 87, died on January 23, and his death was not directly related to his hospitalization for COVID-19 in December, according to his death certificate obtained by People.
The death certificate lists King’s primary cause of death as sepsis, a deadly systemic shock that occurs when the body’s immune system goes haywire, often in response to a minor bacterial infection. Old age and a weakened immune system are risk factors for sepsis.
Secondary causes of death were listed as acute hypoxic respiratory failure, which means a severely low level of oxygen in the blood, and end stage renal disease, also known as kidney failure. Both conditions are possible symptoms of sepsis.
Legendary broadcaster Larry King’s cause of death has been confirmed as sepsis, likely triggered by a bacterial infection just weeks after he recovered from COVID-19
Days after King’s death, his seventh wife Shawn Southwick, whom he married in 1997 and was in the midst of a divorce with at the time of his death, said that he had died of sepsis after he was unable to overcome an infection.
She told Entertainment Tonight: ‘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.
‘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.’
Southwick said she was thankful she was able to speak with King, the father of her sons Chance, 21, and Cannon, 20, on video call before his death.
Larry King’s wife Shawn had said the TV icon died of sepsis and was ‘ready to go’ after a recent battle with Covid (pictured in 1997)
She also revealed his last words to her, telling her over a video call from hospital: ‘I love you, take care of the boys’.
She added the presenter was eager to tell his family, which also included his eldest child Larry Jr. from a previous marriage, that he loved them.
King had filed for divorce from Southwick in August 2019, nine years after they originally split before reconciling.
But she claims they were life partners and their divorce was never finalized.
King had two other children, Andy and Chaia, but they tragically passed away weeks apart last summer aged 65 and 51 respectively.
Despite his ailing health, King had continued hosting weekly talk show, Politicking with Larry King, until his death.
Larry King poses with his wife Shawn Southwick, and their sons Chance Armstrong (L) and Cannon Edward at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood in 2002
King is pictured with sons Cannon and Chance on Thanksgiving last November. King was reportedly moved out of the ICU on January 4 after being hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than 10 days, according to reports
‘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,’ Ora Media said.
Described as the ‘Muhammad Ali of the broadcast interview’, King conducted over 50,000 high-profile talks with presidents, world leaders, Hollywood royalty and sports stars during the course of his career that spanned over six decades.
He was also known for his string of high-profile romances and unsuccessful marriages, eight in total to seven different women, including Playboy Bunny Alene Akins.
King was buried in a small private ceremony. All in attendance wore suspenders in honor of his signature style.
THE HIGH-PROFILE ROMANCES AND UNSUCCESSFUL MARRIAGES OF LARRY KING
Larry was known for his string of high-profile romances and unsuccessful marriages, eight in total to seven different women.
In his 1982 autobiography, Larry King described himself as a great date, but a lousy husband. Part of his problem was due to an abiding need to be seen with models and celebrated beauties.
1. FREDA MILLER (1952-1953; annulled)
King’s first walk down the aisle was with his high school sweetheart Freda Miller at 18, but the union was annulled the following year at the behest of her parents.
2. ANNETTE KAYE (1961-1961)
King then married his second wife, Annette Kaye in 1961 but they separated within months.
Their relationship was brief but fruitful and resulted in a son that King didn’t meet until 33 years later.
‘I knew there was a Larry King Jr out there, I’d heard that, but I didn’t know he was mine. The marriage was very short and she told me if it’s a boy, I’m gonna name him Larry King Jr,’ explained the elder King to The New York Post in 2009. ‘Then I never heard again.’
3. ALENE AKINS (1961-1963) (1967-1972)
Larry King (right) stands with Playboy Bunny Alene Akins
Shortly after his relationship with Kaye was over, King went on to marry Playboy Bunny Alene Akins with whom he adopted a son named Andy and had a daughter named Chaia.
King and Akins separated after a couple of years, only to remarry again in 1967 and divorce for a second, final time in 1972.
4. MARY ‘MICKEY’ SUTPHIN
During his four-year separation from Akins, King found time to wed his fourth wife, Mary ‘Mickey’ Sutphin, with whom he had a daughter named Kelly.
Kelly was later formally adopted by Sutphin’s second husband.
5. SHARON LEPORE (1976-1983)
Larry King and fifth wife Sharon Lepore
In 1976 King tied the knot with a former math teacher and production assistant named Sharon Lepore.
The union lasted seven years, making it King’s second longest marriage to date.
Two years into the marriage King declared bankruptcy, owing more than $300,000. He and Sharon were divorced in 1982.
6. JULIE ALEXANDER (1989-1992)
Larry King is pictured with his sixth wife (and seventh marriage), Julie Alexander in 1990
He remained single for a long stretch of six years between his sixth and seventh marriage to Philadelphia-based businesswoman Julie Alexander.
In the summer of 1989, King met Julie and proposed on the very first date. They married three months later, were separated by 1990 and formally divorced two years later. ‘I love being in love,’ he told Anderson Cooper in a 2009 interview.
7. SHAWN SOUTHWICK (1997-2019)
King was last married to Shawn Southwick, with whom he shares two sons, Chance and Cannon
In 1997, King married his seventh and last wife, Shawn Southwick – a singer, actress and TV host that was 26-years his junior.
The couple married in a Los Angeles hospital room three days before King underwent heart surgery to clear a clogged blood vessel. They welcomed two sons, Chance, born March 1999, and Cannon, born May 2000.
On their tenth wedding anniversary in 2007, Southwick joked that she was ‘the only wife to have lasted into the two digits.’ Three years later, the couple filed for divorce in 2010 after Shawn had an affair with her son’s much younger baseball coach. At the same time, rumors were swirling that King was having an affair with Shawn’s sister, which both parties vehemently denied.
The couple reconciled but eventually called it quits after 22-years of marriage in August 2019. Southwick said she was ‘totally blind sighted’ by King’s bombshell court filing.
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