Legendary talk show host Larry King has died at the age of 87 after falling victim to the novel coronavirus.
Larry King, who struggled with health issues in recent years, passed away Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his production company Ora Media confirmed on his official Twitter account.
The iconic talk show host Larry King was one of the most recognizable figures on US television as he quizzed everyone who was anyone over a career spanning 60 years.
King, with his trademark suspenders, black rim glasses and deep voice, was best known for a 25-year run as a talk show host on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”
“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,” Ora Media said in a statement posted on Twitter.
He prided himself on his ability to delicately draw on sensitive topics without harassing his interview subjects.
“If you don’t listen, you’re not a good interviewer. I hate interviewers who come with a long list of prepared questions,” King told the Columbia Journalism Review in 2017. “I concentrate solely on the answer, and I trust my instincts to come up with questions.”
Last year, King lost two of his five children within weeks of each other. Son Andy King died of a heart attack at 65 in August, and daughter Chaia King died from lung cancer at 51 in July, Larry King said then in a statement.
“It is with sadness and a father’s broken heart that I confirm the recent loss of two of my children, Andy King, and Chaia King. Both of them were good and kind souls and they will be greatly missed …” King wrote in an Instagram post in August.