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Monday, February 15, 2021

Larry King left a 'hand-written will' in 2019 seeking equal split of his $50M fortune to his five children... and leaves out ex-wife Shawn

LarrykingLegendary journalist Larry King died of sepsis on January 23rd at the age of 87. King reportedly left behind a hand-written will "advising for an even split of his fortune to his five children in the event of his death." Larry King was reportedly worth around $50 million at the time of his death. 

The will was reportedly written on October 17, 2019, coming just two months after he filed for divorce. His seventh wife (whom he intended on divorcing), Shawn Southwick, was left out of the note entirely. 

The document stated, "This is my Last Will & Testament. It should replace all previous writings." The will stated that King wanted "100 percent of his funds to be divided equally among my children Andy, Chaia, Larry Jr., Chance, and Cannon." King's son Andy passed away of a heart attack in July 2020 and his daughter Chaia, died in August after being diagnosed with lung cancer. 

"Shawn revealed that Larry was 'ready to go' as he fought off an infection in the hospital after beating the coronavirus." Shawn also stated that King's last words to her were, "I love you, take care of the boys." 

'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.'

Luckily, King was able to share a moment with Shawn and his sons on a video call shortly before he passed. 

See Tracy Wright, Larry King left a 'hand-written will' in 2019 seeking equal split of his $50M fortune to his five children... and leaves out ex-wife Shawn, Daily Mail (U.K.), February 11, 2021. 

Special thanks to Deborah Matthews (Virginia Estate Planning Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.

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