US talk show legend Larry King has passed away at the age of 87, just weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.
In late December, US talk show host Larry King tested positive for COVID-19 and consequently, had to be taken to hospital in Los Angeles.
A statement was released by his company, Ora Media, who confirmed the sad news.
The online statement reads: “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the sad death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King.
“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s may 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, uncomplicated questions.
“He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief…
“Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry, Jr, Chance, Cannon and the entire King family.
“Funeral services and a memorial service will be announced later in co-ordination with the King family, who ask for privacy at this time.”
With a career spanning over six decades, King had Type 2 diabetes and also suffered from lung cancer, angina and heart attacks in his later years.
King, who was born Laurence Zeiger in Brooklyn, New York, began his career in the spotlight back in the 1970s with his radio programme The Larry King Show, which was hosted on the network Mutual Broadcasting System.
On the advice of his station manager, King adopted a new name which he legally had changed.
This then led to Larry King Live on CNN, between 1985 and 2010. The broadcaster had a variety of guests, from politicians to celebrities, sports stars and even some conspiracy theorists. After 25 years of hosting the show, King stepped down and handed it over to Piers Morgan.
At his final show, he signed off by saying: “I don’t know what to say except to you, my audience, thank you. And instead of goodbye, how about so long.”
In regards to his personal life, King married eight times to seven different women – he married, divorced then remarried former Playboy bunny Alene Atkins due to a rocky on/off romance.
King’s final marriage was to seventh wife Shawn Southwick in 1997. The pair tied the knot at a Los Angeles hospital not long before he was due to go undergo heart surgery.
In 2010, the relationship collapsed yet they reconciled before filing for divorce again in 2019.
Throughout the years, King became the father to five children and welcomed nine grandchildren, plus four great-grandchildren.
Last year, King suffered from tragedy when two of his children, daughter Chaia King and son Andy King, unexpectedly died within weeks of each other over the course of the summer.
While Chaia passed away from a battle with lung cancer, Andy was struck by a heart attack.