Larry King, an iconic legendary host, passes away at 87 years of age on Saturday morning. Ora Media a network he co-founded confirmed this news as the world mourned for his death. While the real reason was not cited, he was tested positive for COVID- 19 earlier this month.
Star of cable television
Larry has spent 25 years with CNN conducting almost 30,000 interviews in his career span. Moreover, he has interviewed all sitting presidents from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama and many phone calls from viewers. King, with his trademark black rim specs and deep voice, was a talented broadcaster. His “Larry King Live” show which ran from 1985-2010 reached 1 million viewers in its peak. Larry’s career graph shot up dramatically. In addition, Larry won two Peabodys, an Emmy award and ten cable awards for his outstanding career of 63 years.
Contributions to society
King battled many health problems, suffering several heart attacks. In 1987, he survived quintuple bypass surgery, motivating him to set up the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which assists those without insurance. King publicly revealed he had lung cancer in 2017. He also suffered a personal loss when two of his adult children passed away last year. Three sons survive him.
Tributes and condolences from all over the world fill social media. Moreover, Vladimir Putin has showcased his condolences on Larry’s death, a Kremlin’s spokesperson said.
CNN president Jeff Zucker gave respects to King, saying they were proud to have him with them.
Actress Kirstie Alley quoted that he was “one of the only talk show hosts who let you talk”.
Larry had switched to podcasts and continued his political talk show until the very end of his life. He shared his knowledge by writing books too.
He resides in heaven now, but his intellect and wise words will always be in our hearts.