KEY POINTS

  • Larry King confirmed the deaths of two of his children in a Facebook post
  • He said adopted son Andy died of a heart attack and Chaia passed away shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer
  • King is still recovering after from his stroke last year

Larry King is heartbroken over the passing of two of his children, Andy and Chaia, within weeks of each other, revealing the causes of their deaths in an emotional letter.

On Saturday, King, 86, took to Facebook to confirm that his adopted son Andy, 65, and only daughter Chaia, 51, have passed away. He revealed that Andy had died of a heart attack in late July, while Chaia succumbed to lung cancer this week.

"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. "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 continued.

The grieving father also talked about how he was coping with the loss of two of his children and requested privacy for him and his family during this time.

"Losing them feels so out of order. No parent should have to bury a child," the "Larry King Live" host wrote. "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 adopted Andy after marrying his mother, Alene Akins, in 1961. They broke up in 1963 but rekindled their romance in 1967 before divorcing in 1972. Akins gave birth to Chaia during their second marriage.

King's post was flooded with warm messages from netizens, who wished him and his family well and sent their condolences to the Kings.

"My heart goes out to you Mr. King, I'm so incredibly sorry for the loss of your children I lost my youngest son to suicide in 2018, the pain of a parent losing their child is unexplainable please accept my deepest condolences, may God give you comfórt at this time," one Facebook user commented.

"I am so sorry for such a great loss. You are right parents should not have to bury their children. My prayers are with your family," another person wrote.

"How awful. So very sorry for your tragic loss. Wishing you strength and comfort in this darkest of times," a third Facebook user said.

King is still recovering from his own health issues after suffering a stroke last year. In February, he was optimistic that he would still be able to watch his children grow.

"It's been a rough year. I don’t have any idea of what 2020 is going to be like," King told People. "But I can still work and I can watch my kids grow up. I feel positive — and hopeful."

Larry King During a dinner party with celebrity guests, which aired on CNN Sunday, former talk show host Larry King talked about death and what he wants in store for himself: to be cryogenically frozen. Photo: Reuters