Legendary chat show Larry King, 86, lost two of his five children in the past month, his granddaughter revealed to
King’s daughter, 52-year-old Chaia, died of lung cancer only three weeks after 65-year-old Andy died from what his family members believe to be a heart attack.
In an interview with Daily Mail, King’s granddaughter Jillian said that his grandfather was unable to travel and only had to watch his son be buried on a video.
“Everyone’s feeling pretty bad and broken. Larry is really hurt and upset,” Jillian, 31, expressed. “He was very sick last year. His kids were all taking very close care of him. He’s upset that he’s lost them now.”
The 86-year-old has three other children: sons Cannon, 20, and Chance, 21, from his marriage to Shawn King, and Larry Jr, 58, from his marriage to Annette Kaye.
King adopted Andy in 1962 after tying the knot with his mother Alene Akins. They had daughter Chaia in 1969.
Describing the moment she heard the heartbreaking news, Jillian said: “I was out of town because my husband’s father had passed away so we were up in Kentucky taking care of his funeral when I heard the news.
“My dad passed away July 28. We’re assuming it was a heart attack but there wasn’t ever an autopsy.
“I was in disbelief when I heard. Chaia, with everything she was going through, was more expected. At least we had time to prepare. But there was no warning with him. It was a shock.”
Jillian told the news outlet her father was ‘always optimistic’ and a ‘wonderful’ person.
“We were all at his sister’s house the Wednesday before he passed. It was just a happy family gathering. When I left, he told me he loved me and he’d talk to me soon. They were both such wonderful people. They were lucky to be together in the end.
“He was always optimistic, always wanting to take an adventure. Larry was his father, he saw him quite often.
“He did a little bit of everything. He got a pilot’s license for fun and used it for drone footage. He was a chef, a videographer, an agriculture specialist, everything.”
Larry’s granddaughter said Chaia loved to travel and was close to the legendary chat show.
“She loved animals, she loved to travel, she loved people. She had a very strong faith belief. She was close to Larry,” she expressed.
“Chaia had been battling cancer for a while. It was just her time I guess. She picked to be buried how her mother was buried, in the same cemetery next to her with a natural burial as well.”
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