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Shawn King Depression Triggered by Alleged Affair

6/10/2010 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0610_shawn_king_EX_TMZ_02Sources tell TMZ Shawn King's depression started, continued and never stopped over Larry King's alleged affair with Shawn's sister.

We're told Shawn has been "extremely depressed" for more than five years ... and the trigger was Larry's alleged long-term involvement with Shannon Engemann.

As we first reported, Shawn had a showdown with Larry several years ago and as a peace offering Larry transferred title to all three of the couple's homes to Shawn.

We're told Shawn has struggled for years, believing her husband remained involved with Shannon.  One source says, "She fought like crazy to remain sane, just to take care of her kids."

We're told even though Shawn reconciled with Larry and put the divorce proceedings on ice, she remained deeply depressed.

One source says, "Shawn's not a pill popper, but she feels it's her only way to deal with her depression."

Shannon has denied having an affair with Larry.


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Why kill yourself when she coulda killed Larry? That dumbass hillbilly seems to be getting away with killing Gary and bitch is practically jumping up and down screaming I did it I did it now gimmie all the money!

1533 days ago


What is really sad here is the children! This woman married an old geezer, had 2 IVF procedures which produced 2 children. She wasted no time in securing her future. Then the sister jumped in and gave Larry what his current wife wasn't. Yet during all these years of this affair, she continued to stay with this man knowing he was sleeping with her sister. The drugs didn't just all of a sudden come into play, she's been a drug addict the entire time. Who has that many different prescriptions? And if she cared anything at all about her children, she wouldn't be a drug addict and that would have been her first and only concern when she decided to attempt suicide. She was selfish then and damn sure selfish now. But then again, she did come into this relationship with dollar signs & a plan to financially set herself up for life. Hope it was worth it all.

1533 days ago


You can't help it if you suffer from depression, but you can seek and obtain proper treatment, especially if you have money. Ms. King was not doing that based on the large volume of various meds on her nightstand. She was abusing the meds.

Sympathy only goes so far. If she knew she has felt this way for a long time, she had time to do something about it. She should think about her kids. Indulging yourself and throwing all focus on yourself and your husband while ignoring your kids is inexcusable. The kids welfare must come first. Taking all those pills with 2 young children is terrible. She is either too sick or too selfish to have the care of the kids.

I hope someone who cares for them can step in. And if Larry is foolish enough to have been in an affair with his wife's sister, then he is not thinking of the kids either and shame on him. Wake up people. Don't they know they are setting examples for those boys.

I don't care how many times you take your kids to school or buy them breakfast doughnuts, if you are cheating with a family member, you are HURTING the entire family!

1533 days ago


If she knew Larry was having an affair with her sister what she should have done is packed up her and her kids and left. You don't stay because you enjoy the money and all the riches that come with being married to an old rich guy but you keep your dignity and you leave. All she is really is a prostitute sleeping with this old geyser for his money. GEt your own money and your own life and you won't have to deal with shady people who treat you ****ty.

1533 days ago


What kinda of sister does that anyway? I would never do that kinda thing to my sister! Its not like this dude is anything great. SO what he has money, money isnt **** compared to family! If I were her Id beat this **** out of her sister! Gross what kinda women would sleep with that old corpse either!

1533 days ago


Good lord. Why would she have expected to be anything more than a well-paid hooker to Larry King--"wife" or not?

1533 days ago


This has nothing to do with her relationship and everything to do with being completely overmedicated. The real question is, who is her doctor? Wonder if he has a habit of providing refills on these type of drugs without checking in with the patient. How many more celebrities and regular folks have to die from starry eyed greedy who doctors continue to irresponsibly prescribe psych meds. Opiates make you paranoid and aggressive. While on them or coming off of them you can convince yourself that any crazy story is true. Anti-depressants make you lethargic and void of emotion, it why people crank up on opiates. I seriously doubt Mr. King was having an affair with her sister. I do believe that Ms. Southwick believe it with her wholeheart, because she is sick and not able to process information clearly. I hope she can get the help she needs at a proper rehab facility, and that she has the courage and support to complete the program and get well first for herself and then her family.

1533 days ago


Even though this gold-digger failed on her suicide attempt, can we still go ahead and bury her in Utah now?

1533 days ago


If I were her sister and knowing the torment I was putting her through I would take a lie detector test.

I would rather go through a humiliating lie detector test than see my sister commit suicide.

That has not happened. What does that say?

1533 days ago


BS on the "overmedication." That's just another symptom, as well as her histrionics and fake suicide attempt. There's a mood/personality disorder at the root of it. I think Shawn & Larry have a mutually-beneficial "arrangement," and she's tried to change the rules. She's just a hooker. No big deal. Damn, woman, enjoy the perks and don't expect "love" from the old geezer!

1533 days ago


Low life sister!

1533 days ago


Larry King is sexing two attractive blondes sisters,could the cash keep they're vision a bit fogged? Larry is not nor has He ever been a handsome Man .He is death in jeans and that Leather jacket He never takes off.Someone must have told Him He looks sexy in it.

1533 days ago


She needs to get some help. She should check into Passages in Malibu. (Not Promises). These guys really understand the issues surrounding addiction, and she would probably get a lot of relief.

1533 days ago


OK all you tacky people - quit it with the 'mummy' comments. Larry is obviously not a lot of people's 'cup of tea', but this lady obviously loved him, and put up with a lot of crap to not let those little boys grow up in a broken home.
Shawn is an absolutely beautiful lady - and I hope she can pull through this. If I suspected my sister and husband were cheating on me together, it would be a tough job keeping sane.
This is such a sad story, I really hope she can pull out of this OK~Larry, leave her the hell alone.

1533 days ago


I can't believe that Larry King is really worth killing yourself over. Does anyone else see Mr. Burns from The Simpsons when you look at Larry King???

1533 days ago
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