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23 August 2020 20:36

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Larry King breaks silence on death of his adult children Andy and Chaia

Larry King speaks out after his children Andy and Chaia die within weeks of each other Larry King is mourning the death of two of his children, Andy and Chaia King, who died within weeks of each other. Andy, 65, died "unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 28" and Chaia, 51, "passed on August 20, only a short time after having been diagnosed with lung cancer." "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," he wrote. Andy and Chaia were two of King's five children, both with former Playboy bunny Alene Akins, who died in 2017. King adopted Akins' son Andy after the couple married in 1961 (the TV host has been married eight times to seven women). King also shares son Larry Jr., 58, with Annette Kaye and sons Chance, 21, and Cannon, 20, with actress Shawn King, with whom he filed for divorce last year after 22 years of marriage.

Larry and Chaia co-wrote a book in 1997 called "Daddy Day, Daughter Day." The two opened up in the illustrated children's book about King's second split from Akins and offered ideas about how spending quality time together can help heal the pain of a family going through divorce. '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. His son Andy, 65, died suddenly on July 28 from what his family believes to be a heart attack. He was followed by his sister, King's daughter Chaia, 52, who died on Wednesday following a battle with lung cancer. Larry King has broken his silence after losing two of his adult children who died within three weeks apart.

Pictured l-r: King on Father's Day in June with his son Larry Jr, Cannon, Chance, Andy and daughter Chaia Larry's granddaughter Jillian, 31, said the host was still recovering from his stroke and unable to travel from Los Angeles due to coronavirus, and so he had to watch his Florida-based son be buried on video. Larry has three other children; Larry Jr, 58, from his brief marriage to Annette Kaye, and sons Chance, 21, and Cannon, 20, from his marriage to Shawn King. Bereaved Jillian described her shock when she heard the news of her father Andy's sudden passing – even while she was dealing with yet another death, of her father-in-law in Kentucky earlier in July. '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,' she said. Larry adopted Andy, whose full name was Louis Andrew King, in 1962 after marrying his mother Alene Akins.

The TV host's youngest son, 20-year-old Cannon (second from left), posted a picture of Larry with his kids on Instagram in June. Larry King adopted Andy, whose full name was Louis Andrew King, in 1962 after marrying his mother Alene Akins (pictured together). Larry King with his children (l-r) Andy, Larry Jr, Chaia, Chance and Cannon in 2005 The blurb says that in the illustrated story, the host of Larry King Live and his daughter 'recount the true story of his divorce and show how quality moments together can help heal the pain of divorce for children.' The TV host's youngest son, 20-year-old Cannon, posted a picture of Larry with his visiting kids on Instagram in June. Jillian said that Larry's daughter Chaia died on Wednesday after a long battle with lung cancer. The Larry King Show star has had a complex and storied love life, with eight marriages to seven women and has fathered five children.

He married Alene Akins twice, adopting her late son Andy during their first marriage and fathering his late daughter Chaia in their second. Larry King Jr, born from his brief marriage with Annette Kaye, appeared for the first time in public with his father on Larry King Live 11 years ago. Larry King was devastated this week when his daughter, Chaia, died just weeks following the death of his son, Andy. Andy died aged 65 on 29 July following a sudden heart attack, while just weeks later on August 20, Chaia passed away aged 51 after being diagnosed with lung cancer. In his touching tribute to his children, Larry made it clear he had nothing but the upmost respect, devotion and love for his son and daughter.

However, his explosive love life has seen him marry eight times to seven different women and father four children with three of them. The American talk show host then married second wife, Annette Kaye, in 1961, who gave birth to his first child, 58-year-old Larry King Jr. Larry's marriage to Annette lasted only a matter of months, with the coupled divorcing in the same year that they married. Wife number three was a Playboy Bunny star named Alene Akins whom Larry wed in 1961 – and he adopted her son, Andy in 1962, who died last month. Together, the couple welcomed their daughter Chaia, who passed away last week, while this second attempt in marriage also ended in divorce in 1972. Chaia and Andy's mother, Alene, passed away in 2017, with Larry saying of the death at the time: "So very saddened over the passing of Alene Akins, who died peacefully with our children Chaia and Andy by her side. In a post on Facebook, King wrote, "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. "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 wrote, "Losing them feels so out of order. Larry, 86, adopted Andy in 1962 after he married his mother, Alene Akins. The "Politiking with Larry King" host is also the father to Larry Jr., from his second marriage, and college-age sons Chance and Cannon, from his most recent marriage to Shawn King. The 86-year-old talk show host's son Andy died suddenly last week and his daughter Chaia died of lung cancer just days later on Thursday of this week. "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," Larry continued. King shared Chaia with ex-wife Alene Akins. He adopted Andy, Akins' son from a previous relationship, after the two got married. The broadcaster is also father to son Larry King, Jr. with ex-wife Annette Kaye, and sons Cannon and Chance King with ex-wife Shawn King.