Larry King dies
Longtime TV and radio host Larry King died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 87. Ora Media, which King co-founded in 2012, confirmed the news in a tweet to the @KingsThings Twitter account. A cause of death was not immediately available Saturday, but he had reportedly been hospitalized recently with COVID-19.
“Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs,” the statement from Ora reads. “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.”
King started his career in local radio in Florida in the 1950s, according to the New York Times obituary, and began a national radio call-in show in 1978. Between 1985 and 2010, King hosted Larry King Live on CNN, with guests that ran the gamut from political and business leaders to celebrities to crime victims to religious figures. He proudly claimed he didn’t prepare for his interviews, which often had an impromptu feeling to them.
Larry King dies
King had a colorful personal life; the son of immigrants, he was born Lawrence Zeiger in Brooklyn in 1933, and eventually ended up in Miami, where he got his first on-air radio gig. He struggled with gambling debts and declared bankruptcy twice. In 1971, King faced fraud charges which were later dropped, but which cast a pall over his career for a few years.
Last summer, two of King’s children died within weeks of each other; Chaia King, 52, had been diagnosed with lung cancer and Andy King, 65, suffered a heart attack.
King himself was plagued with health issues in his later years that included several heart attacks, and a quintuple bypass surgery in 1987. At one time a heavy smoker, King was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.
King is survived by his children Larry Jr., Chance, and Cannon. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date, according to Ora Media.