Iconic radio and television host Larry King has passed away at the age of 87-years-old, according to a statement from 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,” the official statement begins.
“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, ad 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. Funeral arrangements and a memorial service will be announced later in coordination with the King family, who ask for their privacy at this time.”
King — who was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 19, 1933 — began his career in Florida as a journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s before achieving national recognition as the host of The Larry King Show, a nightly call-in radio show that aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System beginning in 1978.
Seven years later, in 1985, King launched the nightly interview television show Larry King Live on CNN, which he hosted until 2010. Following 2010, King hosted Larry King Now on Hulu and RT America up until last year. During the course of his storied broadcasting career, King interviewed all sorts of people, from Hollywood celebrities to sitting U.S. Presidents.
Our thoughts are with Mr. King’s friends, family, and loved ones during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.