Renowned US broadcaster Larry King has died aged 87 after hospitalisation from the coronavirus. The award-winning V and radio host became a household name in the US after the 25 year run of his ‘Larry King Live’ show on CNN. King has been mourned across the world as his death has become global news headlines. The star passed away on Saturday 23rd January 2021 after he became ill with the coronavirus in December 2020, although no official cause of death has been given.
King died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles according to a Twitter statement released on his official account by his agent the Ora Media company. The statement described how it was “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away”.
King retired in 2010 from CNN after a quarter of a century long career with the network. King’s career was long-running and expansive as he recorded over 6,000 episodes of the show ‘Larry King Live’. Originally from Brooklyn, New York in the United States, King made his career as a TV personality through the thousands of interviews he conducted on his shows. Throughout his time in the media sphere, King interviewed a huge range of celebrities, singers, actors, sport stars and politicians, including the previous president Barack Obama.
King was renowned for his gentle interview style that favoured listening over talking to his guests. He was known for his ability to create atmospheres that aided communication between guest and audience. The statement on Twitter released by Ora Media went on to describe how “Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience.” They went on to commend King on his “short, direct, and uncomplicated questions. He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief.”