Blaine said King had ups and downs in his writing career and that he didn’t necessarily consider his plays to be his most important works. ‘‘To him, his most important works are really his essays.’’
King has three grown children by his first wife. His second wife died in 1972. He also had two grown children with his third wife, Blaine. A private funeral was planned and King would be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, she said.
‘‘I'm of the belief that sad endings, or bad endings, make for better drama than happy endings,’’ King told the AP in 1986. ‘‘And life really works more that way anyhow for most people.’’
Associated Press Writer Brett Zongker in Washington contributed to this report.