Carson was at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, not at home as originally reported, when he died of emphysema Sunday at 79. His sons, Christopher and Cory, and his wife, Alexis, who Carson married in 1987, were with him.
The longtime "Tonight" show host was a heavy smoker, a habit his brother, TV producer Dick Carson, said he always regretted.
"In our last conversation he kept saying, 'Those damn cigarettes, those damn cigarettes,'" Dick Carson, director of the "Merv Griffin Show," told the magazine. "That was the recurrent theme. The damage had been done."