Legendary US Broadcaster Larry King Dies Aged 87

CNN's Larry King interviews former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 in Houston, TX. John Nowak/CNN

Larry King, the celebrated American television and radio host, has died at the age of 87, weeks after battling COVID-19.

King’s production company announced his death in a statement posted on the deceased media personality’s own Twitter account on Saturday.

Ora Media, which Mr. King co-founded in 2012, said he had died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The legendary Larry King

“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.”

King had been hospitalized in Los Angeles with a COVID-19 infection, according to several reports from the US media. Though it was not ruled as the cause of his death.

King conducted an estimated 50,000 interviews in his six-decade career, which included 25 years at CNN.

For 25 years, King interviewed virtually every big celebrity and politician in America, including exclusive sit-downs with every U.S. president and First Lady since Richard Nixon

He hosted “Larry King Live” at CNN for over a quarter century, interviewing presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars and everyday people. The multiple award-winning broadcaster retired in 2010 after taping more than 6,000 episodes of the show.

Married eight times, King lost two of his five children in 2020 and is survived by his estranged wife, Shaun Southwick, and three children.

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