February 12th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
DON KING SPOUSE A RECLUSE FOR DECADESSan Francisco, CA- When she passed away a couple of years ago from Alzheimer’s disease, Henrietta King, wife of boxing promoter and former Cleveland numbers (illegal lottery) Don King, was a truly a woman of mystery. Word has it that Henrietta, the mother of Carl King who is Don’s stepson, was married to one of Don’s competitors. After his passing, King and Henrietta were married. Some have hinted it was a “business” relationship at first that blossomed into their getting married.
HENRIETTA NOT SEEN IN PUBLIC MUCH
Like the “old school” mob guys who avoided media attention, I met Mrs. King once while in her native Cleveland, OH 15 or 20 years ago
. It was a party where a bunch of “hot shots” were giving King some type of award for his charitable work. That lone introduction in the 30+ years of me knowing the Donald. In the picture above taken in 1999, the rarely photographed Henrietta is flanked by Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes and husband Don.