Larry King knew exactly what he wanted to happen when he passed away. But was emotion involved in his final decision? Just two months after he split up with his ex-wife Shawn, Larry King sat down to write his last will and testament by hand and make it crystal clear that he wanted his massive fortune to be split evenly between his five children in the event of his death.
The “handwritten will” left King’s family with little doubt that his ex-wife was not supposed to gain access to his fortune. Because he wrote the will on October 17, 2019 – just about two months after he filed for divorce from Shawn Southwick, his seventh wife, he left her completely out of his will.
King, the journalist of legend, died on January 23, 2021, of sepsis at the age of 87. He survived a battle against COVID-19 but ultimately lost his life nonetheless.
“This is my Last Will & Testament. It should replace all previous writings,” the document stated.
Larry King reportedly left behind a fortune worth as much as $50 million at the time of his death. In the handwritten will, he made it absolutely clear that he did not want the money going to his ex-wife.
King wrote that he wanted “100 percent” of his multimillion-dollar fortune to be “divided equally among my children Andy, Chaia, Larry Jr, Chance, and Cannon.”
In addition to battling COVID-19 in 2020, King lost two of his adult children only a few months apart during the tough year. Andy, his son, suffered a heart attack that killed him in July. His daughter, Chaia, had been diagnosed with lung cancer, which took her life in August.
King was married to Shawn Southwick for about two decades. They tied the knot in 1997 and had a good run together. However, they separated in 2017 when King filed for divorce. Although they did not get officially divorced by the time King passed away in January 2021, they were in the process, and he wanted to make sure she was not included in his will.
In the wake of his tragic death, Shawn said that King was “ready to go” after he had viciously fought off COVID-19, only to be left with an infection that would take his life. She managed to have a final video call with her long-time husband, where he told her, “I love you, take care of the boys.”
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.”
What do you think about Larry King’s will and how he left his ex-wife out of it?
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