Larry King’s Will Shocker
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Legendary talk show host Larry King passed away recently at the age of 87. The sad occasion was marked by a touch of scandal, not entirely surprising for the oft-married King, who in a handwritten message declared all his ex-wives were to be cut from his inheritance, leaving everything to his surviving children.
King’s Turbulent Private Life
King was married seven times and had a total of five children with three of his wives, including two from his last marriage to Shawn King. The pair filed for divorce in 2019, and two months later, in a written will dated October 17, 2019, he excluded his wife from his will, leaving everything to his children.
An excerpt from the document clearly states his intentions saying, "This is my Last Will & Testament. It should replace all previous writings. In the event of my death, any day after the above date I want 100% [placed above illegible cross-out] of my funds to be divided equally among my children Andy, Chaia, Larry Jr., Chance & Cannon."
At the time of writing, King’s children were all alive, but tragedy befell two of them, Andy and Chaia, within weeks of each other in the summer of 2020. Andy died unexpectedly of a heart attack, followed by his sister Chaia losing her short battle with lung cancer.
Clearly, King had not thought to amend the document after the deaths.
Larry King, Jr. has designated himself to be a “special administrator” to his father’s estate, pending the approval of a judge, according to a report by US Magazine. Larry Jr wrote in his petition filed to probate court that King Sr and Shawn had been living separately since 2019 and were not together at the time of King’s death.
The law is on the children’s side in California, where they have priority over
Ex-wife Shawn, though she has “priority” after the kids.
His property is valued at $2 million, though it is thought he was worth significantly more.
Larry King, left, conducting the 1999 Larry King Live interview during which Donald Trump announced he was considering running to be US president. Photograph: Marty Lederhandler/AP