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Larry King’s sons reveal they are ‘heartbroken’ over the death of their ‘amazing father’

Larry King’s surviving children described him as an ‘amazing father’ in a heartfelt tribute, which they shared hours after news broke that he passed away on Saturday. 

In their joint statement, released on Facebook, the star’s grief-stricken sons reflected on his legendary life and his compassionate parenting style.   

‘We are heartbroken over our father’s death, and together with our extended family mourn his passing,’ Larry King, Jr., Chance King, and Cannon King wrote. 

Beloved: Larry King’s surviving children described him as an ‘amazing father’ in a heartfelt tribute, which they shared hours after news broke that he died on Saturday; seen in 2019 

The three noted that, while ‘the world knew Larry King as a great broadcaster and interviewer,’ he ‘was the man who lovingly obsessed over’ their daily schedules. 

In addition to caring for their well-being, the trio said their father took pride in their accomplishments, regardless if they were ‘large, small, or imagined.’

‘Through it all, we knew without a doubt in the world that he loved us more than life itself. He was an amazing father, and he was fiercely loyal to those lucky enough to call him a friend. We will miss him every single day of our lives,’ they reflected.  

Family man: The late 87-year-old star's sons broke their silence about their father's death as they reflected on his legendary life and described him as an 'amazing father'

Family man: The late 87-year-old star’s sons broke their silence about their father’s death as they reflected on his legendary life and described him as an ‘amazing father’

Before expressing their deep appreciation for the ‘outpouring of love,’ the men asked ‘in lieu of flowers’ that fans consider donating to the American Heart Association or the Beverly Hills Fire Department EMS, who provided ‘wonderful care for their dad in his final years.’ 

King’s production company announced his death in a statement on Saturday. 

‘With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,’ the company said. 

'We are heartbroken over our father¿s death, and together with our extended family mourn his passing,' Larry King, Jr., Chance King, and Cannon King said in a joint statement on Facebook , hours after news broke that the TV legend had passed; seen in 2018

‘We are heartbroken over our father’s death, and together with our extended family mourn his passing,’ Larry King, Jr., Chance King, and Cannon King said in a joint statement on Facebook , hours after news broke that the TV legend had passed; seen in 2018

In memory: In addition to caring for their well-being, the trio said their father took pride in their accomplishments, regardless if they were 'large, small, or imagined'

In memory: In addition to caring for their well-being, the trio said their father took pride in their accomplishments, regardless if they were ‘large, small, or imagined’

‘Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry, Jr., Chance, Cannon and the entire King family.’

No cause of death was given, however, it comes three weeks after King was revealed to have been hospitalized with coronavirus 10 days earlier.

King’s production company announced his death in a statement on Saturday.

Big heart: Before expressing their deep appreciation for the 'outpouring of love,' the men asked 'in lieu of flowers' that fans consider donating to the American Heart Association or the Beverly Hills Fire Department EMS, who provided 'wonderful care for their dad in his final years' (seen with Shawn Southwick in 2010)

Big heart: Before expressing their deep appreciation for the ‘outpouring of love,’ the men asked ‘in lieu of flowers’ that fans consider donating to the American Heart Association or the Beverly Hills Fire Department EMS, who provided ‘wonderful care for their dad in his final years’ (seen with Shawn Southwick in 2010)

‘With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,’ the company said.

‘Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry, Jr., Chance, Cannon and the entire King family.’

No cause of death was given, however, it comes three weeks after King was revealed to have been hospitalized with coronavirus 10 days earlier.

'With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,' the company said (seen in 2011)

‘With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,’ the company said (seen in 2011)

King is believed to have caught the virus from a health care worker visiting his home, a source told NBC. One of his sons, who has not been named, has also tested positive, they said.

His advanced age and poor health placed him at elevated risk. He had suffered numerous health issues in the past, including a heart attack, prostate and lung cancer, a stroke, and type two diabetes

His recent health battle capped a difficult year for King, whose two children Andy, 65, and Chaia, 51, died from a heart attack and lung cancer, respectively, within one week of each other in August 2020.

No cause of death was given, however, it comes three weeks after King was revealed to have been hospitalized with coronavirus 10 days earlier; pictured in 2003

No cause of death was given, however, it comes three weeks after King was revealed to have been hospitalized with coronavirus 10 days earlier; pictured in 2003

Despite his ailing health, he had continued hosting weekly talk show, Politicking with Larry King, until his death.

‘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.

‘Funeral arrangements and a memorial service will be announced later in coordination with the King family, who ask for their privacy at this time.’

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.

Tragic: His recent health battle capped a difficult year for King, whose two children Andy, 65, and Chaia, 51, died from a heart attack and lung cancer, respectively, within one week of each other in August 2020

Tragic: His recent health battle capped a difficult year for King, whose two children Andy, 65, and Chaia, 51, died from a heart attack and lung cancer, respectively, within one week of each other in August 2020

From his eight marriages, King had five children and nine grandchildren, as well as four great-grandchildren.

He was last married to Shawn Southwick, 26 years his junior, with whom he shared two sons, Chance, 21, and Cannon, 20. The marriage was King’s longest, spanning 22 years until the couple’s split in 2019.

Tributes poured in for the veteran talk show host in the wake of his passing Saturday morning, with fellow broadcasters including Keith Olbermann, Piers Morgan and Steve Kornacki, paying their respects to the legend on social media. 


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