Veteran news broadcaster Larry King has issued an emotional statement following the deaths of two of his children over the last month.
The 86-year-old lost his son Andy, 65, to a heart attack at the end of July and last week his 52-year-old daughter Chaia passed away following a battle with lung cancer.
In a message posted on his Facebook page, King wrote: "It is with sadness and a father's broken heart that I confirm the recent loss of two of my children, Andy King, and Chaia King. Both of them were good and kind souls and they will be greatly missed.
"Andy passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 28th, and Chaia passed on August 20th, only a short time after having been diagnosed with lung cancer.
"Losing them feels so out of order. No parent should have to bury a child.
"My family and I thank you for your outpouring of kind sentiments and well wishes. In this moment, we need a little time and privacy to heal. I thank you for respecting that."
King, who has three other children, is said to be unable to attend the funerals of Andy and Chaia as he continues his recovery from a serious stroke last year.