Was he "survived by his wife"? King did a hilarious bit on Johnny Carson many years ago reading actual obits from the newspaper. No matter how old the guy was or how much he had been through (wars, the Holocaust, etc.), the final line always read, "survived by his wife."
I always liked the man. My late mother, also, was a fan -- until Mr. King, shortly after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, announced his resulting disillusionment with the American political process on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. My reactionary mother tolerated opinions -- as long as they jibed with her own!