Iconic broadcaster and media legend Larry King has died at the age of 87.
The network King co-founded, Ora Media, revealed on Saturday that he passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His son, Chance, also confirmed King's death to the broadcaster's longtime employer, CNN.
"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," the statement reads. "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."
No official cause of death has been revealed, but CNN reported earlier this month that King had been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19. King has also battled several reoccurring health issues, including suffering multiple heart attacks, fighting lung cancer in 2017, and dealing with type 2 diabetes.
Larry King was the host of CNN's popular Larry King Live for over 25 years. This show served as a platform for King to interview world leaders, pop culture figures, and regular citizens. He conducted over 50,000 on-air interviews, winning Peabody awards and other accolades in the process. His iconic status has prompted fans and colleagues to eulogize him via social media.
Just heard the awful news about Larry King. He taught me so much. He was a true mensch. He probably even taught me that word.
So long pal, thanks for all the laughs. Say hi to Rickles. #RIPLarryKing
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) January 23, 2021
Larry King was a Brooklyn boy who become a newsman who interviewed the newsmakers. He conducted over 50,000 interviews that informed Americans in a clear and plain way.
New York sends condolences to his family and many friends.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 23, 2021
Larry King pioneered the live-interview environment we now take for granted — where you weren’t exactly sure the whole chat wouldn’t simply combust. That’s why the fumble with @JerrySeinfeld remains timeless. 🔥
“Larry King Live” (11/01/07)pic.twitter.com/SGcRfjZSMy
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) January 23, 2021
I just found out that the great Larry King has passed away. This truly hurts. Larry was a treasured colleague, friend, and teacher. May he rest in perfect peace.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) January 23, 2021
I was really honored to be interviewed by the legendary #LarryKing back in 2019. Here's our conversation in case you missed it... https://t.co/QIZMcBHfh6 May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/ZilVEoc2nS
— Rickey Smiley (@RickeySmiley) January 23, 2021
King is preceded in death by his two eldest children, Andy King and Chaia King, who died of unrelated health causes in 2020. He's also father to Larry Jr., Chance, and Cannon.
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