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Larry King’s wife, Shawn King, speaks out on her husband for the first time

Shawn King, who hails from Utah, spoke about Larry King in a new statement

Larry King and his wife Shawn arrive to a party held by CNN celebrating King’s 50 years of broadcasting New York in April 2007. Shawn King, who hails from Utah, spoke about Larry King in a new statement.
Larry King and his wife Shawn arrive to a party held by CNN celebrating King’s 50 years of broadcasting New York in April 2007. Shawn King, who hails from Utah, spoke about Larry King in a new statement.
Stuart Ramson, Associated Press

Larry King’s wife Shawn King has issued her first comments about the death of her husband, who passed away last Saturday.

What’s going on?

Larry King, the legendary CNN broadcaster, died over the weekend at 87 years old. Larry King and Shawn King were married in 1997. They filed for divorce in 2019, according to CNN.

Shawn King told Entertainment Tonight that she’s still processing the loss of her husband, saying that the family laid Larry King to rest this week.

  • “We laid him to rest this morning. And in the Jewish faith, they do it very quickly, so you almost don’t have time to, for me, to process,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I’m still processing.”

How the family honored Larry King

Shawn King revealed a personal way the family honored Larry King.

  • “We all, it was just family, we wore Larry’s suspenders, every one of us,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “And it was a beautiful, loving ... just perfect, just perfect. It was family. There was no showbiz, no, none of that.”

The bigger picture

Shawn King said she and Larry King faced tragedy in their marriage — Larry King sought a divorce from Shawn King, after 22 years of marriage, back in 2019, which I wrote about for Deseret News — but they overcame it in the end.

  • “Death is maybe the great equalizer, I think,” she shared. “You know, when you experience it with people who we really, really love, all the other noise and the nonsense that could be surrounding, it just goes away and the family goes close together. And that’s what happened. You know, it was beautiful.”