Larry King, a lengendary award-winning TV and radio host who became a household name with his long-running CNN show Larry King Live has died at the age of 87.
“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” King’s official Twitter announced Saturday morning.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 23, 2021
Authorities have not privided his cause of death. This however comes weeks after his family revealed that the 87-year-old host was battling coronavirus.
“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster. Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience.
Whether he was interviewing a U.S. president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage, or an every man. Larry asked short, direct, and straight questions. He believed concise questions usually provide the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief.”
Larry’s unfortunate tragedies
King has battled other health problems over the years, including prostate cancer and type-two diabetes. In 1987, he suffered a heart attack that required quintuple-bypass surgery, and in 2017 he underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor in his lung.
Earlier this year, two of King’s adult children – son Andy and daughter Chaia – died within weeks of each other. Despite the tragedies, King continued to release new episodes of his YouTube series Larry King Now. The most recent episode premiering two weeks ago. In May, King also announced plans to enter the world of podcasting.
The Brooklyn-born King began his career in the late 1950s as a newspaper journalist and Miami DJ. He then expanded his radio repertoire to celebrity interviews and sporting event commentary. In 1978, King launched his nationwide Larry King Show broadcast. This he continued to host even after his Larry King Live television show began airing on CNN in 1985.
Equally adept at interviewing celebrities, politicians, conspiracy theorists, psychics and other newsmakers. King’s CNN show aired nightly from June 1985 to December 2010. It had guests ranging from U.S. presidents and Vladimir Putin to Frank Zappa and Prince.
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