Famous American journalist and television host Larry King has died at 87, his company, Ora Media, announced on Saturday (January 23). “With deep sadness, Ora Media announces the passing of our co-founder and friend Larry King, who died at the age of 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles”, indicates the press release of the company published on the official Twitter account of this legendary figure of American television.
– Larry King (@kingsthings) January 23, 2021
Larry King is one of the defining figures in American television history, famous for his colorful ties, suspenders and large glasses. He has hosted “Larry King Live” for twenty-five years and has interviewed every US president since 1974.
“For 63 years on radio, television and digital media, Larry’s thousands of interviews and awards and worldwide recognition are testament to his unique talent as a man of media.”, said the company Ora Media in its press release.
Larry King has interviewed all American presidents since 1974 as well as leaders such as Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin and Palestinian Yasser Arafat, but also many stars such as Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Barbra Streisand.
The journalist left CNN in 2010. He then continued interviews, broadcast on his site, and in 2012 launched the show “Larry King Now” on Ora TV, an on-demand internet channel, which he co-founded. In 2013, he started hosting the show “Politicking with Larry King” there.
Larry King had been admitted to hospital after contracting Covid-19, CNN said earlier this month, on which he worked for a long time.
Quite unexpectedly, the first tribute to a personality of international dimension comes from Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the memory and the “great professionalism” of Larry King, who died on Saturday and interviewed him on several occasions, the Kremlin reported.
“The president has always appreciated his great professionalism and his indisputable journalistic authority”, said the spokesman of the Russian head of state, Dmitry Peskov, quoted by the agency of preses Ria Novosti.