June 10, 2010 / 7:13 PM / 9 years ago

Report details suicide attempt by Larry King's wife

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wife of TV personality Larry King attempted suicide late last month in Utah by overdosing on prescription drugs as she battled depression, according to a police report made public on Thursday.

CNN host Larry King (L) and his wife, Shawn, arrive for the entertainment portion of a White House social dinner in the East Room of the White House, Washington March 23, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

The report, which was posted at celebrity news website TMZ.com, describes an officer with the Provo, Utah police, entering 50 year-old Shawn King’s residence on May 2, going to a bedroom where paramedics were treating her and seeing “multiple pill bottles, all of which were empty on the bed.”

The report noted “scriptures, a purse, other various books” and a letter “which appeared to be a note left by the victim.

“It is unknown whose writing this letter was in, however wording on the letter led me to believe that (King) had intentionally taken the quantity of pills,” the officer wrote in the report, which is labeled “attempted suicide.”

Labels on the bottles indicated multiple drugs including Ambien, Klonopin and Clonazepam, and many of them were empty, according to the report.

One witness told police that Shawn King “is always depressed, but she had not mentioned anything that she would want to hurt herself or take her own life.”

As unconfirmed reports of the drug overdose began surfacing in the media on Wednesday, CNN talk show host Larry King issued a statement in response to the news stories of an apparent drug overdose, but the broadcaster did not direct confirming it.

“I am extremely supportive of Shawn. Reports that we have fought are absolutely false. I love her dearly,” King said in the statement. “Our marriage is still together and I am staying very close to our children, who we love immensely. We shall go through this difficult time intact as a family.”

There was no further statement on Thursday.

The attempted suicide by King’s wife follows a recent series of announcements by the pair that their marriage was on rocky ground. In mid-April, both Kings filed for divorce, then one month later reunited and called off divorce plans.

Shawn King is the 76 year-old CNN broadcaster’s seventh wife. King hosts the “Larry King Live” talk show for cable news channel CNN on which he interviews numerous political figures and celebrities.

Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Christine Kearney

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