Larry King, the legendary TV and radio host has died at the age of 87.
A statement on the Emmy-winning TV host’s Twitter account confirmed his passing on Saturday morning (Jan 23).
“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 Centre in Los Angeles,” the statement said. “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 broadcast.”
In early January, it was reported that King was hospitalised with COVID-19. He was sick for 10 days before he was admitted.
He had suffered a number of health issues over the years, including having surgery for lung cancer in 2017 and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987. In April 2019, he suffered a heart attack.
Born Lawrence H Zeiger on Nov 19, 1933, King started his career in 1957 as a radio DJ in Miami Beach.
With his trademark suspenders, black eyeglasses, and personable style, King is best known for his nightly talk show Larry King Live on CNN, the cable news channel’s most-watched and longest-running programme, with over one million viewers nightly. The show was cancelled in 2010 after 25 years on the air.
That year King set the record a Guinness World Record for the longest-running television show hosted by the same person, on the same network, and in the same time slot.
In his 65-year-long career, King had conducted more than 50,000 interviews, with guests ranging from US presidents and world leaders to sports stars to Hollywood celebrities.
King had been married eight times to seven different women He is survived by his wife, singer and actress Shawn Southwick-King — whom he married in 1997 — and children Cannon, Chance and Larry Jr, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by two children, Chaia, 51, and Andy, 65, who died within weeks of each other in 2020.
Photo: Larry King/Instagram