Larry King, television and radio journalism royalty, dies at 87

Larry King, the radio and television personality, whose breezy and at times conversational interviews with celebrities and world leaders made him a broadcasting icon for nearly half a century, has died, his TV production company Ora Media said in a statement on Saturday.

He was 87.

The statement said he had been receiving treatment at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

 

It did not specify the cause of death, but King was recently hospitalized with Covid-19 and had endured health problems for many years, including a near-fatal stroke in 2019 and diabetes.

 

“Whether he was interviewing a U.S. president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short direct and uncomplicated questions,” it added.

Paying tribute to King in a statement, CNN President Jeff Zucker said that the “scrappy young man from Brooklyn” had a history-making career due to “his generosity of spirit that drew the world to him.”

 

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