When you think iconic interviewers the first name that always pops up is Larry King. From celebrities, politicians, and more Larry King interviewed some of the biggest names of our time. Sadly, King has passed away at the age of 87.
King died Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement posted to his official social media accounts. Ora Media, the parent company of Ora TV — which King co-launched in 2012 — also confirmed the news. A a cause of death was not specified, though King was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month.
King, while suffering from COVID-19, had been moved into intensive care on New Year’s Eve, but his spokesman announced on Jan. 4 that King was breathing on his own.
CNN went live with the news of King’s death shortly after 8 a.m. ET, as New Day Weekend turned toward remembering one of their own.
King, who never made it to college and never took a journalism class, first made his mark in Miami and then from a studio in Washington, D.C., where he hosted the first national radio talk show in the U.S. and attracted a weekly audience of 3 million-5 million listeners.
He hosted Larry King Live on CNN from June 1, 1985, until Dec. 18, 2010, earning a listing in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot.
With an affable, easygoing demeanor that distinguished him from more intense TV interviewers, King perfected a casual approach to the Q&A format, always leaning forward and listening intently to his guests, rarely interrupting.
“I’ve never learned anything,” King was fond of saying, “while I was talking.”
King is survived by three sons…