Television legend and renowned talk show host Larry King has died at the age of 87. He passed away on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. His death occurs weeks after he was hospitalized with COVID-19.
King was known for his suspenders and straightforward style of interviewing, having spearheaded discussions with everyone from O.J. Simpson to presidents Gerald Ford, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn, New York, he started his career in radio at WAHR-AM in Miami, Florida. By 1958, he began doing an interview show in front of a live audience. He hosted “Larry King Live” on CNN for over 25 years and then retired in 2010 after taping well over 6,000 episodes of the show.
Ora Media, the production company King founded, announced his death on Facebook. “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 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 broadcaster.”