Legendary TV host, radio host, and USA Today columnist Larry King, who also published more than 20 books, died early Saturday, January 23, 2021. His TV hosting gig on CNN Larry King Live lasted from 1985 until 2010. His most recent TV hosting work involved his company Ora TV, and the licensing of his production Larry King Now to Russian-owned RT America.
Larry King was diagnosed with COVID-19 over the holidays in2020, but the illness wasn’t revealed until January 2, 2021. He was admitted to the ICU at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at one point, but had recently been moved to a regular hospital room, and was breathing on his own. His condition worsened and Larry King died Saturday morning.
Larry King fought to overcome many health problems, including a major heart attack in 1987 that was treated by quintuple-bypass surgery, lung cancer in 2017, a stroke with coma in March 2019, and additional treatment for his heart with angioplasty and stent placement in April 2019.
Larry King’s parents were Orthodox Jews who emigrated to the United States from Belarus, USSR in 1930s. Larry King was 9 years-old when his father died of a heart attack in 1943. There were three police cars in front of his family’s home when Larry King arrived home with nine books from the library when he learned his father died. He said whenever he saw the police in his neighborhood, he ran home, fearing that his mother had died.
“He treated every guest the same. It didn't matter if it was a president or…somebody off the street,” Wendy Walker, former executive producer of “Larry King Live,” says about the broadcasting legend, adding that he “never wanted to be prepared” for interviews. pic.twitter.com/xUHpLkJpKO
— CNN (@CNN) January 23, 2021
Larry King, award-winning broadcaster, has died at age 87 https://t.co/MmqMhyQayi
— 360MediaX (@360mediaX) January 23, 2021
"We mourn the passing of our colleague Larry King. The scrappy young man from Brooklyn had a history-making career spanning radio and television."
Tributes are pouring in for iconic TV host Larry King, who died Saturday morning at age 87. https://t.co/JnFEQUc06Q
— ABC News (@ABC) January 23, 2021
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) January 23, 2021
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened by the passing of Larry King and offer their deepest condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/Di0aw7LZ5R
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 23, 2021
'Simplicity worked for me': renowned interviewer Larry King dies – video https://t.co/XbBckTyu0a
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 23, 2021
Today we lost an absolute legend. Rest in peace, Larry King. With a career spanning 63 years in broadcasting including 25 years as an interviewer for his CNN show 'Larry King Live' it's an understatement to say that he'll be missed. #LarryKing pic.twitter.com/VCLLuasWjU
— Los Angeles Magazine (@LAmag) January 23, 2021
Larry King was a hero of mine until we fell out after I replaced him at CNN & he said my show was ‘like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in your new Bentley.’ (He married 8 times so a mother-in-law expert) But he was a brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer. pic.twitter.com/1JsXeeZYEk
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 23, 2021
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