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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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46.

gutsygirl    

The sister's doing Shawn a favor. Shawn gets the houses; Shannon gets Mr. Limpy. Life is good.

1593 days ago
47.

Ben from Baltimore    

She is depressed because she was exposed for being a cheating slut herself. Her "other man" Hector Penate took a lie detector test on Entertainment Tonight and passed it. They cheated on each other, but she was hoping her affair wouldn't come out. She thinks that it is OK for her to cheat and it isn't OK for him to cheat? Give me a break.

1593 days ago
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hottie in palm springs    

As one who used to suffer from depression I discovered that the root of depression is feeling sorry for yourself. Wake up Shawna I saw pictures of the inside of your homes - you are such a lucky woman - and trust me Larry King is NO catch and not worth your mega depression - triggered by your feeling 'woe is me' attitude. If he wants your sister - LET HIM GO !

1593 days ago
49.

alia    

geez....is Larry King really WORTH killing yourself over....& leaving your children with "grandpa" to raise them...??? What is she thinking? How about divorce his a$%, and go buy yourself a great house, find yourself a decent man (your own age this time) who will love and adore you and your children? Take the high road, get over it and move on if you can't handle he had an affair.....she should put her children first - not old-fart-Larry !!

1593 days ago
50.

Don    

She was convinced her husband and sister were in the midst of a long-term affair and she decided to just keep living and not confront it and stop it (how hard would that be when it's two people right under your nose). Whatever, people who think like that probably should commit suicide.

1593 days ago
51.

gemini81    

TMZ, what's up with the crazy pics of Shawn? That's not very nice, she's obviously going through a lot and you losers try to find the absolute worst images to accompany stories about her depression, pills, and suicide attempt.



Larry SOOOO banged the sister, BTW.

1593 days ago
52.

cleojones    

You would probably want to kill yourself especially after sleeping with skeletor

1593 days ago
53.

kickaboo    

Shawn, Get off the cymbalta. that crap will trigger ptsd and nervous break-downs (or worse). You will appreciate the ability to process emotions once it is out of your system.
Keep thinking I have to get better because I have two sons to raise. You chose to marry an older man, your boys need YOU. Just do it.

1593 days ago
54.

exbff    

someone get Gloria Allred on the phone NOW!!!

1593 days ago
55.

alia    

If I were her, I'd be happy that she didn't have to do the "deed" with the old creep....she should be thanking her sister for taking him off her hands for a while!! I guess her affair was "ok" but his was worthing killing yourself ?? WTH?

1593 days ago
56.

jeff    

She's no pill popper?



Where then did she get all those prescription pills?



The years of diet pills and uppers have made her a wee bit paranoid...and depressed

1593 days ago
57.

John    

Larry is one ugly dude!! Not just because he's old or bald. I've seen older and bald men that don't appeal to me but their not ugly. He's just really homely. He's the type of guy you don't even want to look at as you pass him by. It hurts your eyes.
His voice, style and personality are obnoxious as well.



1593 days ago
58.

realitybaby    

sucks to be used by your kids coach

1593 days ago
59.

NatTurner    

Depressed, pill popper...white celebrity...when is the sex tape going to be released?

1593 days ago
60.

RALPH DOZIER    

WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT... THIS OLD HAG AHD AN AFFAIR WITH THE CHILDEN BASEBALL COACH. HER SO CALL DEPRESSION COULD HAVE BEEN TRIGGERED BY THE FACT THAT SHE GOT CAUGHT. PEOPLE LIKE THIS DESERVES ON ANOTHER IN HOLLYWEIRD. THEY MARRY FOR MONET NOT FOR LOVE. WHO CARES ABOUT THESE ASS-----?

1593 days ago
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