The iconic TV and radio broadcaster Larry King died at the age of 87 on Saturday. After being hospitalised for more than a week, CNN’s best-known host has passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as reported by his closed ones. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans from all around the world.
The company he co-founded, Ora Media, did not state a cause of death but media reports said King had been battling Covid-19 for weeks. It has not been an easy journey for the legend as King has dealt with numerous health issues over the years. He suffered from a heart attack in 1987, cancer in 2017 and angioplasty and stroke in 2019. Not to mention how he has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as well.
King started his broadcasting career in Miami in 1933. Then he made his way through by becoming a columnist for the Miami Herald, followed by securing a spot as a host for a national radio show in 1978. Over the course of his astounding six decades of career, King has successfully interviewed anyone worth interviewing. From sitting presidents to royalties and celebrities, you name it; he has interviewed them all.
Some of the highlights of his career would be the nonstop coverage of O.J.Simpson’s car chase back in 1994. He may be the most closely associated with the case as it happened. King also managed to interview Marlon Brando and the Beatles during his unprecedented 25 years of career. Besides highlighting the controversial issues, King also used his platform for good use. He supported Miss California Carrie Prejean for her anti-gay views and hosted a telethon for the relief effort in earthquake-ravaged Haiti in 2010.
“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,” Ora Media said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Many influential figures have been paying their respects to the titan of broadcasting ever since the announcement of his death.
Source: AFP Relax News
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