In an official tweet sent out by his account and according to New York Post, the famed interviewer from CNN, Larry King has died today at the age of 87. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, the cause of death, is unknown.
King, 87, has survived multiple battles with cancer and just a few weeks ago contracted COVID-19, but it is not be reported that COVID lead to the famed talk show hosts death. In recent days, he was seen leaving the ICU at Cedars-Sinai after it appeared to be him breathing on his own, leading towards a recovery.
“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,” read a statement from Ora Media, his most recent employer.
“Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his program.”
Larry got his jump to stardom when he began on local radio in Miami back in 1957 as a talk show host and a disk jockey. He eventually added to his skill set by providing color commentary for the Miami Dolphins’ broadcasts and landed on television by 1964. Around that same time he wrote columns for the Miami Herald, The Miami News, and The Miami Beach Sun-Reporter.
Although his most recent employer was with Ora TV, an on-demand television network that he founded with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim in 2012, his most famous stint was with CNN on his very popular show “Larry King Live” which he hosted from 1985 to 2010.
For over 25 years, wearing the signature suspenders, and the over looming desk mic, he hosted much see interviews with every U.S. President from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, other world leaders, celebrities, and newsmakers of his day.
His most memorable moments was doing an episode doing an interview with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Jordan’s King Hussein and Palestinian terror boss Arafat to discuss peace in the Middle East.
During King’s career he won two Peabody Awards, 10CableACE awards and was inducted to both the National Radio Hall of Fame, and Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.
“We mourn the passing of our colleague Larry King,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said in a statement. “His curiosity about the world propelled his award-winning career in broadcasting, but it was his generosity of spirit that drew the world to him. We are so proud of the 25 years he spent with CNN, where his newsmaker interviews truly put the network on the international stage.”
British broadcaster Piers Morgan, who would later replace Larry in 2010 simply tweeted “RIP Larry KING 87. A television legend.”
King is survived by his three living children, Larry Jr. Chance and Cannon, he lost two of his five children, Andy, 65, and Chaia, 51, died within weeks of each other in 2020. Andy died of a heart attack, and Chaia died from lung cancer. King was married seven times.