U.S. talk show legend Larry King dies at age 87

Carla Harmon
January 23, 2021

Veteran US talk show host Larry King has died at the age of 87.

The TV presenter passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, this morning (23 January), his production company has confirmed.

Popular American broadcaster, Larry King, and longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers and his sartorial sensibilities, has died. Hunched over his desk in rolled-up shirt sleeves and owlish glasses, he made his show one of the network's prime attractions with a mix of interviews, political discussions, current event debates and phone calls from viewers.

King's media company, Ora, announced his death on Saturday in a statement issued on his Twitter account. King was also presented with a lifetime achievement award in 2011, CNN said.

Indeed, King's very first cameo was in 1984 when he played himself during his radio call-in show discussing paranormal incidents around NY.

Larry King, who began his broadcasting journey in the 1970s, was diagnosed Covid 19 positive back in December.

Most recently, King hosted another programme, Larry King Now, broadcast on Hulu and RT, Russia's state-controlled worldwide broadcaster.

"As an interviewer, Mr King let the candidates speak for themselves and let his national and global viewers ask the questions that reveal the character of the people who would lead our nation".

King hosted CNN's "Larry King Live" for over two and a half decades and retired in 2010 after clocking in at more than 6,000 episodes. "King repeatedly interviewed Putin".

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