A source close to King revealed that the last time the 86-year-old had seen them was on Father's Day.
Legendary television host Larry King reportedly lost two of his five children in the past few weeks. King's son Andy died suddenly on July 28 from what his family believes to be a heart attack, the celeb's granddaughter told Daily Mail. Just weeks after Andy's death, his sister Chaia passed away on Thursday following a battle with lung cancer. According to PEOPLE, Chaia was 51 and her brother was 65 at the time of their death. King's granddaughter Jillian revealed that the iconic TV personality is devastated by the recent tragedies and had to watch Andy be buried on video since he couldn't travel from Los Angeles to Florida for the ceremony due to the pandemic.
"Everyone’s feeling pretty bad and broken. Larry is really hurt and upset," said Jillian. "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." King adopted Andy — whose full name was Louis Andrew King — in 1962 after marrying his mother Alene Akins. The couple had Chaia together in 1969. King and Akins first wed in 1961 and split in 1963, only to get back together in 1967 and divorce again in 1972.
King is also a father to son Larry King Jr. from his brief marriage to Annette Kaye and sons Cannon and Chance King with ex-wife Shawn King. Speaking of her father Andy's sudden passing, Jillian said: "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."
Hearing of the sad passing of Larry King’s daughter from lung cancer just weeks after Larry’s son died.Larry himself 86 is recovering from a stroke.Losing loved ones is painful enough but to endure this in the public eye must be dreadful. Kind thoughts to Larry King & family. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/ZhqI3IvTjx— Howard Griffiths (@HowardGriffiths) August 22, 2020
"It was a shock. 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," she added. "He had a Buddhist natural ceremony in Gainesville, Florida. He was buried in a shroud without being embalmed, a natural burial. Family spoke at the funeral. Larry couldn’t travel but he had video footage." Jillian explained that Chaia's death followed a long battle with lung cancer.
"She loved animals, she loved to travel, she loved people. She had a very strong faith belief. She was close to Larry," said Jillian. "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." A source close to King revealed that the 86-year-old was "truly devastated" by the deaths of two of his children. "He barely survived last year through his own ill health; now he's lost two kids just weeks apart," said the insider. "They came to visit for Father's Day. It was the last time they were all together and Larry will always cherish it."
The deaths of his children come following a challenging year for King, who three months after suffering a near-fatal stroke in May last year, filed for divorce from his wife of 22 years, Shawn. "I'm sorry about the marriage," he said at the time. "I'll always care for my wife. But it just hit a point where we didn't get along." Speaking of his health, he said in February: "It's been a rough year." Yet, King seemed hopeful for what 2020 had in store as he added: "I don't have any idea of what 2020 is going to be like. But I can still work and I can watch my kids grow up. I feel positive — and hopeful."