The famous American broadcaster Larry King, who achieved international fame by interviewing leaders, politicians and celebrities, died at the age of 87, and he had contracted the Corona virus early this month.
King has given an estimated 50,000 interviews over his 60-year career, including 25 years as an interviewer on CNN’s “Larry King Live”.
Ora Media Productions, which he co-founded, announced the news of King’s death at Cedars-Sina Medical Center in Los Angeles. Without explaining the direct cause of death.
King was transferred to hospital early this month to receive treatment after contracting the emerging coronavirus, according to American media.
The talk show host, who was famous for wearing an orthodontic device and bending the sleeves of shirts he wears without a jacket and the famous suspenders appearing on his shoulders, has faced many health problems in recent years, including heart attacks.
King has been married eight times to seven women and has five children. Two of them died last year in just three weeks, as his daughter Chaya died of lung cancer and his son Andy of a heart attack.
“A unique talentExtended his hand“
“Over the course of 63 years and across the radio, television and digital media platforms, Larry’s numerous interviews, awards and global acclaim are testimony to his unique and longstanding talent as a broadcaster,” Aura Media said in a statement.
King has interviewed every American president, from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama. His other notable guests included Dr. Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela as well as Lady Gaga.
King, whose real name is Lawrence Harvey Zegger, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933 and rose to fame in the 1970s with his radio show “The Larry King Show”, on the commercial network Interchange System.
In 1985, he launched his program on CNN, and the program that was broadcast around the world achieved wide public success and won a number of awards. But he has also been criticized for his non-confrontational approach and open-ended questions.
By 2010, his ratings had dropped dramatically, as critics said King’s approach suggested it was outdated in an era of more aggressive interviewing styles.
Then he announced his resignation from working in the media completely, and said: “It is time to take off my night bras and hang them on the shelf,” referring to the famous trouser bras that he used to wear and appear in all his programs.
In the last episode of his CNN show, King told his viewers, “I don’t know what to say, my fans, thank you. Instead of saying goodbye, what do you think about this long?”
CNN replaced him with British journalist and broadcaster Pierce Morgan, whose show was criticized by King for “Morgan’s too much talking about it.”
Morgan, whose CNN show was canceled after three years, said on Twitter on Saturday, “Larry King was my hero until our relationship ended after I replaced him at CNN. He criticized my show and said it was like my mother-in-law smashed a new Bentley. He married 8. Times so he had many mother-in-law.
“But he was a brilliant broadcaster and a great TV interviewer,” he added.
“The unorganized young man from Brooklyn had a career in history making that extended to radio and television,” CNN chairman Geoff Zucker said in a statement. .
Recently, King presented another program, “Larry King Now,” which airs on Russia Today-America, a state-controlled channel in Russia.
In 1988 he founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, a charitable foundation that helps fund heart disease treatment for the poor, the underprivileged and those without health insurance.