A tribute has been paid to Larry King, the “famous” American talk show host who died just weeks after being infected with the corona virus.
87-year-old TV star He was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles In late December after a positive test COVID-19 – and died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Spread over more than six decades, King is estimated to have conducted more than 50,000 interviews, was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes and in recent years suffered from lung cancer, angina and heart attack.
The cause of death has not yet been determined.
Throughout his career, King hovered over his desk in rolled-up shirts and braces, questioning thousands of world leaders, politicians and entertainment features.
He was known for his interview style, which confirmed that he was the real star of his shows, and was an impartial way between the guest and the audience.
A statement from Ora Media for the studio and network he co-founded said: “Whether he interviewed an American president, foreign leader, celebrities, corrupt people or all, Larry wanted to ask short, direct and uncomplicated questions.
“He believed that brief questions would generally provide better answers, and he was not mistaken in that belief.
“For 63 years and on the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s several thousand interviews, awards and global accolades stand as a testament to his unique and enduring talent as a broadcaster.”
Journalist and television presenter Pierce Morgan described King as “smart.”
Larry King was my hero on CNN until I left after him, and my show said ‘it’s like watching your mother-in-law go up a cliff in your new Bentley’. (He has been married 8 times, so he is an in-law expert) But he is also a great broadcaster and excellent TV interviewer. pic.twitter.com/1JsXeeZYEk
– Pierce Morgan January 23, 2021
The couple became famous after Morgan took King’s time off CNN in 2010, and King described the new show as “like your mother-in-law going over a cliff in your new Bentley”.
But Morgan added: “He’s a great broadcaster and a great TV interviewer.”
Christian Amanpur, CNN’s chief international editor, wrote on Twitter: “Larry King is a giant in broadcasting and a master of television celebrity / politician-woman interviews.”
Actress Kirsty described Ali King as a “legend” and added: “She is one of the only talk show hosts who allows you to speak.”
Star Trek actor George Talkie said King “understood human successes and weaknesses equally”: “There is no one else like you, you will be missed.”
Also Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis King said she was “a titan”.
He tweeted: “Oh no !!! RIP Larry King … what a titan you are! One of our true symbols. You are no longer in pain. Relax well.”
King’s broadcast fame began in the 1970s with his radio show The Larry King Show, which he hosted on the network on a reciprocal broadcast system.
He then went on his own television show, Larry King Live on CNN, between 1985 and 2010, where his guests included politicians, celebrities, sports stars and well-known conspiracy theorists.
King married Shawn Southwick, a country singer and actress, in 1997, and the couple filed for divorce in 2010. Then in 2019 it was filed only for getting a divorce again.
His children are Larry Jr., Sans and Cannon.
Last year, the broadcaster’s two eldest children – Andy and Chaya King – both died of health problems unrelated to each other within weeks.