Spokesman: Larry King's Wife Recovering From Apparent Prescription Drug Overdose

Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick on March 10, 2010 Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick on March 10, 2010

A spokesman for Larry King said Wednesday that the talk-show host’s wife is recovering after an apparent prescription drug overdose last month in Utah.

Emergency medical workers were called to Shawn King’s home in Provo on May 28. Her father dialed 911 after finding the 50-year-old woman in her bed, breathing but not responding when he tried to wake her, according to a transcript of the emergency call, which was released through an open-records request Wednesday.

Karl Engemann told the dispatcher that he thought she may have taken too much medication for anxiety or depression, but he did not suspect it was a suicide attempt.

Officers who responded to the call found several prescription bottles, including Ambien and anti-anxiety medication, that had been filled within 10 days but were empty, according to a police report. It also said there was a handwritten note that indicated she had taken the pills intentionally.

Another note expressed Shawn King’s desire to be buried in Utah, police said.

The report did not include any mention of why Shawn King wanted to harm herself.

The Kings filed for divorce in April, but Larry King released a statement through his spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, saying “reports that we have fought are absolutely false.”

Shawn King is Larry’s seventh wife. The couple has been married since 1997 and has two sons.

“Our marriage is still together, and I am staying very close to our children, who we love immensely,” Larry King said. “We shall go through this difficult time intact as a family.”

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