Larry King, television and radio host, died on Jan. 23 at age 87 due to unknown cause. King’s death was confirmed via his Twitter account also stating that he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The cause of death is unknown to the media, but he was recently treated for COVID-19. In 2019, he was in the hospital for chest pains and suffered a stroke.
In 1978, King was hired to host a show called “The Larry King Show” where he interviewed different people and responded to listeners’ calls. After The Larry King Show ended, King hosted a CNN show Larry King Live. The show had an average of 1.5 million viewers a night and was CNN’s longest running program.
When his CNN show got cancelled after 25 years, he launched his own production journey, Ora TV, with Carlos Slim. He hosted a web series on Ora TV called “Larry King Now” where he interviewed celebrities.
King interviewed over 50,000 people in his career, including every president since Richard Nixon, royalty, world leaders, and crime victims.
Along with his television and radio presence, King wrote two books on heart disease, appeared in several movies such as “Shrek 2” and “Bee Movie,” and wrote columns in USA Today.
As a result of his very successful career, he won many awards. He received two Peabody awards, which honors power and influential stories in television, radio, and online media. In 1999, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Interview/Interviewer. In addition, he received 10 Cable ACE awards to honor his excellence in American cable television.
According to CNN, King worked until the day he died because he loved what he did.
“I just love what I do,” he said, “I love asking questions, I love doing the interviews.” (cnn.com).