Friday, December 21, 2012

Larry L. King Dies

Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a famous bordello became a hit Tony Award-nominated musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and a movie starring Burt Reynolds, passed away on Thursday. He was 83.

His wife, Barbara Blaine, revealed King died after battling emphysema at Chevy Chase House, a retirement home in Washington where he had been living the past six months. "One of the things that I will always remember about Larry is that he remained funny all the way through this illness," she was quoted as saying.

It has to be mentioned that King had an addiction to alcohol and opened up about it. "If you're not out getting drunk, and waking up with hangovers and having fights with people, there's a lot of time to write," King said in an interview with "The Associated Press" in 1987.

King has three children by his first wife. His second wife passed away in 1972. He also had two children with his third wife, Blaine. A private funeral was planned and King would be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

"I'm of the belief that sad endings, or bad endings, make for better drama than happy endings," King revealed to the AP in 1986. "And life really works more that way anyhow for most people."

R.I.P Larry L.King

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