Broadcasting Legend Larry King Dead At 87

Broadcasting legend Larry King, whose signature style made him the interviewer everyone wanted to talk to, died Saturday at the age of 87. His death was confirmed by his son, Steven, and announced in a Facebook post.

“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” the statement said. “For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.”

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd referred to him as “the resort area of American journalism, the media’s Palm Springs, where politicians and other figures of controversy or celebrity can go to unwind, kick back and reflect.” That’s why everybody talked to Larry King: George H.W. Bush, Frank Sinatra, Snoop Dogg, Magic Johnson, Donald Trump, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Moammar Gaddafi, the Dalai Lama, Marlon Brando. King said he never really prepared for interviews, preferring to just ask short, simple questions to get his guests talking.

To former President Nixon: “When you drive by the Watergate, do you feel weird?”

To former President Ronald Reagan: “Is it, for you, frustrating to not remember something?”

To Donald J. Trump, when he was still best known as a real estate mogul: “Does it have to be buildings?”

“Larry King Live” on CNN was the longest running show in its 9:00 p.m. time slot in broadcasting history. His 50,000-plus interviews and longevity earned him a spot in the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

King had been hospitalized in early January with COVID-19, although it’s not been disclosed if that disease contributed to his death. He suffered with a number of cardiac related problems, underwent successful lung cancer surgery in 2017 and suffered a stroke in 2019. He also lost two adult children in recent years. Son Andy King died in July 2020 after a heart attack and daughter Chaia King succumbed to lung cancer in August 2020.

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