TV Personality Larry King Dead At Age 87


Longtime television personality Larry King has died at the age of 87. While no official cause of death has been announced, King was recently hospitalized with COVID-19. A post on King's Twitter revealed the news of his passing. It reads:

"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. 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. Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, 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. 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. He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief. Larry’s interviews from his 25-year-run on CNN’s Larry King Live and his Ora Media programs Larry King Now and Politicking With Larry King are consistently referenced by media outlets around the world and remain part of the historical record of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry Jr., Chance, Cannon and the entire King family."

Along with his COVID diagnosis which came at the end of 2020, he recently had suffered a stroke and before that had a heart attack as well as both lung cancer and prostate cancer.

According to the post, "Funeral arrangements and a memorial service will be announced later in coordination with the King family, who ask for their privacy at this time."

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