Larry King, Legendary Journalist and Radio Host, Dies at 87
Larry King's media career spanned more than six decades.
The broadcasting legend died on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 87.
"Larry King was a giant of broadcasting and a master of the TV celebrity/statesman-woman interview," wrote CNN chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour.
"His name is synonymous with CNN and he was vital to the network's ascent. EVERYONE wanted to be on Larry King Live," she added. "May he Rest in Peace."
TV host Craig Ferguson also shared a touching tribute as he reflected on how much he learned from King over the years.
"Just heard the awful news about Larry King. He taught me so much. He was a true mensch. He probably even taught me that word," Ferguson wrote. "So long pal, thanks for all the laughs. Say hi to Rickles."
"I lost a dear friend and mentor. Truly an American treasure," Ryan Seacrest added in another tribute. "Rest in peace, Larry King."
"Thanks for the countless interviews and insights, Larry King. You understood human triumph and frailty equally well, and that is no easy feat," actor George Takei wrote. "There was no one else like you, and you shall be missed. Rest with the heavens now."
Larry King was a giant of broadcasting and a master of the TV celebrity/statesman-woman interview.
His name is synonymous with CNN and he was vital to the network’s ascent. EVERYONE wanted to be on Larry King Live. May he Rest in Peace.https://t.co/XTgeMqjmcg
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) January 23, 2021
Just heard the awful news about Larry King. He taught me so much. He was a true mensch. He probably even taught me that word.
So long pal, thanks for all the laughs. Say hi to Rickles. #RIPLarryKing
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) January 23, 2021
I lost a dear friend and mentor. Truly an American treasure. Rest in peace, Larry King. pic.twitter.com/eQhSYgPqNy
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) January 23, 2021
Larry King was a radio and TV legend with an insatiable curiosity about people and a real sense of humor. He could get anyone talking, from Hollywood stars to the guy on the corner. In the 1990s, Larry King Live even became the most important show in American politics. RIP. pic.twitter.com/TSNlYf87ui
— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) January 23, 2021
Thanks for the countless interviews and insights, Larry King. You understood human triumph and frailty equally well, and that is no easy feat. There was no one else like you, and you shall be missed. Rest with the heavens now.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 23, 2021
Larry King was a Brooklyn boy who become a newsman who interviewed the newsmakers. He conducted over 50,000 interviews that informed Americans in a clear and plain way.
New York sends condolences to his family and many friends.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 23, 2021
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) January 23, 2021
Wow. Media legend. Interviewed me a few times. R.I.P#larryking
— Boy George (the truth is in your breath) (@BoyGeorge) January 23, 2021
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) January 23, 2021
RIP Larry King!!!! I loved the easy breezy format of his CNN show, and his amazing voice.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 23, 2021
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 23, 2021
Rest In Peace Larry King ✌🏼
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) January 23, 2021
RIP to radio/TV/digital news legend @kingsthings. It was an honor to watch you do your thing, both on @CNN and in person. My Dad always asked me “Did you see who Larry King talked to last night?” Would’ve blown his mind to know that, one day, it would be his son. Thanks for that. pic.twitter.com/OTQrEar3c4
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 23, 2021
One of the most memorable moments I’ve had in an interview was the first time I met Larry King & he asked me how it felt “to be so fierce.” May he Rest In Peace. Sending my condolences and prayers to those he leaves behind. pic.twitter.com/y0EkS6DyZM
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) January 23, 2021
News of King's death was announced by his production company Ora Media.
"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," read a post shared on King's Twitter account.
"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," the statement continued. "Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry, Jr., Chance, Canon and the entire King family."
"We mourn the passing of our colleague Larry King. The scrappy young man from Brooklyn had a history-making career spanning radio and television. His curiosity about the world propelled his award-winning career in broadcasting, but it was his generosity of spirit that drew the world to him," CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote in a statement.
"We are so proud of the 25 years he spent with CNN, where his newsmaker interviews truly put the network on the international stage. From our CNN family to Larry's we send our thoughts and prayers, and a promise to carry on his curiosity for the world in our work."
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Although a cause of death was not given, King's death comes weeks after news of his hospitalization due to COVID-19 was reported on Jan 2.
"Larry has fought so many health issues in the last few years and he is fighting this one hard too, he's a champ," a source close to the King family told ABC News at the time.
David Theall, a spokesperson for King's production company Ora Media, previously told the Associated Press that the TV icon was first admitted to the intensive care unit on New Year's Eve.
Funeral arrangements and a memorial service for King will be announced at a later time.