Larry King, radio and television personality, has died. He was 87. King hosted “Larry King Live” on CNN for over 25 years.
His son, Chance, confirmed King’s death Saturday morning.
“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.”
The Brooklyn native had an illustrious career spanning nearly 60-years from radio, cable television and the internet. He has over 50,000 interviews to his credit and was famous for his off-the-cuff style, raspy baritone delivery and trademark suspenders. He made “Larry King Live” a popular prime-time draw on CNN from 1985 through 2010 and welcomed everyone from the Dalai Lama to Elizabeth Taylor, from Mikhail Gorbachev to Barack Obama, Bill Gates to Lady Gaga.
Larry was instrumental in building CNN and brought it to the living rooms of every American. King boasted of never over-preparing for an interview. “I’m not confrontational, I’m not there to hammer the guests … I ask good questions, I listen to the answers, I follow up,” King told The Young Turks in a 2014 interview.
“I would have been uncomfortable pointing my finger at the president of the United States.” However, in 2019, Larry, after a meeting with Donald Trump had said, ” This Donald is not the Donald I knew”.