American television is in mourning. Larry King, renowned journalist and presenter, has died at the age of 87 this Saturday, January 23, after being hospitalized for COVID-19 three weeks ago.
The unfortunate news was confirmed by the production company Ora Media, created by King, through an official statement posted on Twitter.
“With deep sadness, Ora Media announces the sad death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King (…) For 63 years and on radio, television and digital media platforms, Larry’s thousands of interviews, awards and worldwide accolades are a testament to his talents unique and enduring as an announcer, “the statement said.
Larry King rose to international fame with his talk show Larry King Live, broadcast by CNN for 25 years. He interviewed presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars, and more. In 2010, he retired after having recorded more than 6,000 episodes of the show.
In 2012, he became the host of Larry King Now, a program broadcast three times a week on Pray TV. In recent years, he was an interviewer for Politicking, broadcast on RT America.
However, throughout his time on television he suffered serious health complications such as prostate and lung cancer and diabetes. In addition, he was the victim of a heart attack and stroke.
His medical problems inspired him to create the Larry King Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization to help the uninsured.
The legendary journalist passed away in the Hospital Cedars-Cinai Center in Los Angeles, United States, due to complications from the coronavirus, the family reported. Due to hospital protocols, King’s three children were unable to visit him, a CNN source notes.
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