Los Angeles, CA (AP/77WABC) – Larry King has died at age 87 after a half-century in broadcasting that included interviews with presidents, movie stars and ordinary Joes.
In a Tweet sent by his production company, it stated the legendary broadcaster died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In a multi-paragraph message with black background on white text, the message began with these words, “It is with profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our founder, host, and friend Larry King. ”
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 23, 2021
No cause of death was given, but a spokesperson said this month he had been hospitalized with COVID-19.
The Brooklyn-born King was a fixture on CNN from 1985 through 2010. He won two Peabody Awards but made no claims to being an intellectual.
He preferred to ask presidents what they liked about their jobs rather than their foreign policy. He welcomed everyone from the Dalai Lama to Elizabeth Taylor
King was known for his signature combination of dry and nonchalant attitude that made for some of his memorable moments — including a notable one with Marlon Brando.
Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Larry King began his career on radio. After 25 years and 50,000 episodes, King set a Guinness World Record for the longest running show in the same timeslot, on the same network.
In the most recent years, the legendary broadcaster did battle a multitude of health issues — which included prostate cancer, a heart attack, lung cancer, and a near-fatal stroke in 2019.
King was notoriously known in his personal life for being married eight times to seven different women. His longest relationship was with his wife Shawn King.
His family says he was hospitalized after Christmas due to COVID-19. He passed away overnight at the hospital at the Age of 87.