INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE: LARRY KING OPENS UP ABOUT NEAR-FATAL STROKE: “I WANTED TO DIE”
INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE:
LARRY KING OPENS UP ABOUT NEAR-FATAL STROKE: “I WANTED TO DIE”
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New York, NY — February 13, 2020 – In a TV exclusive airing on Thursday, INSIDE EDITION’s Jim Moret sits down with legendary talk show host Larry King, who opens up about the near-fatal stroke that left him in a coma for three days.
He tells INSIDE EDITION the event made him wish his life was over.
“I wanted to die. Not think it, I wanted to,” King tells INSIDE EDITION.
King was left wheelchair bound and unable to walk, due to nerve damage in his foot. He says he asked his doctor how he could end his life.
“I didn’t want to kill myself by turning on the carbon monoxide or hanging myself,” King tells INSIDE EDITION. “But is there a magic pill I could take?”
He says a tearful plea from his son Chance saved him.
“He started to cry,” King says. “I hadn’t seen him cry since he was three-years-old. He said, ‘You can’t leave.’”
The experience caused him to take stock of his life, deciding to end his 22-year marriage to his wife Shawn.
“From child rearing to religion, we didn’t get along,” King says.
Published reports of infidelity by both of them also plagued the last decade of their marriage. Both of them deny these claims.
“I wish it would have worked out,” King tells INSIDE EDITION. “It’s nice to come home to a loving home.”
As for his career, King says he misses being live on television. His talk show, Larry King Live, aired on CNN for 25 years before ending in 2010.
“I miss being on every night live. I loved Larry King Live,” King says. “25 years, I don’t remember ever having a bad day at CNN. When that light went on, man, nothing like it.”
He now hosts two shows which stream on Hulu, Larry King Now and Politicking with Larry King.
King says he’s learning to walk with a cane and hopes to be back on his feet very soon. As for his new life as a single man at age 86, he remains philosophical.
“I wish it was different, and I wish I had everything that life brings to everybody,” King tells INSIDE EDITION. “But I will tell you something. I ain’t got it bad.”
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