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Former CNN legend and current TV talk host Larry King bows out

ANI/Big News Network
24 Jan 2021, 08:50 GMT+10

LOS ANGELES, California (ANI/Big News Network) - American award-winning TV and radio host Larry King, who became a household name after hosting CNN's insanely popular show 'Larry King Live', passed away on Saturday at the age of 87 after enduring a battle with the COVID-19 for weeks.

The beloved host died on Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, reported Fox News. The news of Larry's demise was confirmed by a statement posted online by his company, Ora Media on the late star's official Twitter handle.

The statement read, "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."

"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, and 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," the statement said.

Along with details about Larry's life and condolences for his family, the statement further revealed that the funeral and memorial services will be announced later in co-ordination with the King family, who for now have asked for privacy at this time of grief.

In pictures: Legendary talk-show host Larry King

"We mourn the passing of our colleague Larry King," CNN President Jeff Zucker said in a statement.

"The scrappy young man from Brooklyn had a history-making career spanning radio and television. His curiosity about the world propelled his award-winning career in broadcasting, but it was his generosity of spirit that drew the world to him. We are so proud of the 25 years he spent with CNN, where his newsmaker interviews truly put the network on the international stage. From our CNN family to Larry's, we send our thoughts and prayers, and a promise to carry on his curiosity for the world in our work," the statement said.

Larry had reportedly been admitted to a hospital earlier this month after he was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. His death comes after years of health problems that plagued the late star including his battles with lung and prostate cancer.

In a career spanning over six decades, Larry interviewed a staggering number of celebrities, political leaders, and public figures, including every US president from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.

Over the years, Larry fathered five children and welcomed nine grandchildren, along with four great-grandchildren. The legendary host suffered a terrible tragedy last year when two of his children, daughter Chaia King and son Andy King, both died within three weeks of each other unexpectedly over the summer. (ANI/Big News Network).

(Photo credit: Getty Images).

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