Larry King became one of the latest icons to pass away this month, and his real cause of death has finally been determined.
Far from what multiple reports claimed this week, Larry King did not actually die due to COVID-19.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Larry’s widow, Shawn King, set the records straight surrounding his husband’s death.
Per Shawn, Larry died due to an infection — sepsis, to be exact.
According to Mayo Clinic, sepsis occurs when the body responds to an infection in a most damaging way. This infection-fighting process may eventually cause septic shock that could lead to death.
“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,” the wife went on.
Statement from the family of Larry King pic.twitter.com/LgBiZKFwcJ
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 24, 2021
Shawn took her time to applaud her estranged husband’s brave battle against the dreaded virus.
Although Larry successfully beat COVID-19, an infection took away his life.
Larry suffering from health problems through the years
Before falling ill, the radio host, reportedly, suffered from health complications in the past few years.
Her wife recalled how his mind “wasn’t right” as his body went weaker each day.
Shawn witnessed all that since they got married in 1997. The two eventually filed for divorce in 2010 though they never finalized it.
In 2019, they filed for divorce again.
“In my heart, I didn’t think it was really going to happen and it never did,” the wife revealed. “We were partners in every sense of the way, in business, and in, well, first in our family and then in business.”
The two shared two sons — Chance (21) and Cannon (20).
The family reportedly became closer after his death.
How the family honored him for the last time
In the same interview with ET, Shawn confirmed that she laid him to rest through an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles.
Everyone at the funeral even paid tribute to him by wearing Larry’s signature suspenders.
“I’m still processing, as are the boys. The whole family is,” she said. “We wore Larry’s suspenders, every one of us. It was beautiful.”
As for the last words of the late host, Larry reportedly said, “I love you” before giving out his final breath at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.