Award-winning radio and TV broadcaster Larry King who made a household name through his long-running CNN Larry King Live show, died Saturday morning USA time at the age of 87.
The official King’s Twitter website announced Saturday morning: “It is with deep sadness that Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at the age of 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.” The cause of death has not been determined, but King’s death came weeks after it was revealed that the 87-year-old host was fighting the Coronavirus.
“For 63 years, on radio and television and in digital media, Larry’s numerous interviews, awards, and world recognition are evidence of his unique and enduring talent. In addition, although his name was the one that appeared in the program titles, Larry always considered interview subjects.” She is the true stars of his shows, and he himself is just an unbiased channel between the guest and the audience.Whether he’s interviewing an American president, a foreign leader, a celebrity, someone full of scandals, or an unfamiliar person, Larry liked to ask short, direct and direct questions. He believed short questions usually yielded the best answers, and he was rarely wrong. ”
King has suffered from health problems over the years, including prostate cancer and type 2 diabetes. In 1987, he had a heart attack that required five bypass surgery, and in 2017 he underwent surgery to remove a metastasis in his lung.
Earlier this year, the King’s two adult children – Andy’s son and daughter Chia – died within weeks of each other. Despite the tragedies, King continued to release new episodes of his YouTube series Larry King Now, with the final episode premiering two weeks ago. In May of last year, King also announced plans to enter the world of podcasting.
Brooklyn-born King began his career in the late 1950s as a journalist and radio DJ in Miami. He quickly turned his radio work into interviews with celebrities and commentary on sporting events. Twenty years later, in 1978, King launched his national show, Larry King, on the radio. He kept making this show even after he got his TV show on CNN, Larry King, in 1985.
Equally interviewed with celebrities, politicians, conspiracy theorists, mediators, and other news creators, King’s CNN aired overnight from June 1985 to December 2010, with guests ranging from US Presidents and Vladimir Putin to Frank Zappa and Prince. The Associated Press estimates that the presenter has given more than 50,000 interviews over the course of his career.
Donald Trump was another frequent guest of the King era decades before his presidency, even as the real estate mogul hosted King’s 25th anniversary. In an excerpt from a 1987 interview, Trump admitted to King that he did not wish to run for president and criticized the foreign policy of then-president Ronald Reagan.
King won two Peabody Awards for his programming and was inducted into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. After Larry King Live stopped, King moved to Larry King Now and Politicking With Larry King, which was launched in 2012 and 2013 respectively. He has also done numerous on-screen appearances in TV shows and movies – most of which have played his part – including roles in 30 Rock, Murphy Brown, Ghostbusters, Frasier, Primary Colors, and American Crime Story.
“An interview is an interview. It’s actually the who, what, where, when and why. And while it is definitely a fine place to sit with a UK Prime Minister or Head of State, it is still …” Why do you do what you do? How do you feel about what you are doing? What do you think of what is happening in the world? “The bottom line is that the interlocutor is the interlocutor,” King said in an interview with the TV Academy.
“I’ve never sat with a president of the United States, a world leader, or a head of state and I thought, ‘Hey, this is a head of state – I gotta be different! I want to be like everyone else. What would a man in the street say to (then French President) Chirac if you had the chance to talk to him? “