Larry King has tragically lost two of his children within the past few weeks.
His daughter Chaia, 51, died of lung cancer and his son Andy, 65, suddenly died late July of a heart attack.
“It is with sadness and a father’s broken heart that I confirm the recent loss of two of my children, Andy King, and Chaia King,” King wrote on Facebook. “Both of them were good and kind souls and they will be greatly missed.”
“Andy passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 28th, and Chaia passed on August 20th, only a short time after having been diagnosed with lung cancer,” he explained. “Losing them feels so out of order. No parent should have to bury a child. My family and I thank you for your outpouring of kind sentiments and well wishes. In this moment, we need a little time and privacy to heal. I thank you for respecting that.”
King, 86, shared Chaia with his ex-wife Alene Akins and adopted her son, Andy, from a previous relationship, when they got married.
Akins died in 2017.
The television host is also father to Larry King Jr. with ex-wife Annette Kaye and Cannon and Chance King with ex-wife Shawn King.
King filed for divorce from Shawn, his 7th wife, last year after 22 years together. The divorce came a few months after he suffered a near-fatal stroke.
“It’s been a rough year,” he told the publication earlier this year.
Despite his ill health, King shows no signs of slowing down and doesn’t want to retire.
“I have less of a fear of dying now,” he explained. “I’m 86 and it is what it is. I just want to keep working until the end. I’d like to die at work — I’ll retire right there!”