Larry King, The Ace Interviewer, Passes On At 87

The iconic broacaster Larry King

The iconic broacaster Larry KingThe veteran broadcaster and ace interviewer, Larry King, is dead at the age of 87 years.

Larry King whose career spanned more than six decades in journalism died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He was earlier hospitalized at the same hospital of Covid-19, where he later died but it’s not been confirmed if he died of the virus.

The news of his death was announced by Ora Media on Saturday on his social handle.

The Ora Media wrote: “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 considered questions usually provided the best answers and he was not wrong in that belief.”– the statement read.

King hosted “Larry King Live” on CNN for over 25 years, interviewing presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars and everyday people. He retired in 2010 after taping more than 6,000 episodes of the show.

CNN President Jeff Zucker responded to news of Larry’s death and said: “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.”

King battled a number of health issues, from suffering several heart attacks to lung cancer then lately Covid-19. In 1987, he underwent quintuple bypass surgery on his heart, which inspired him to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to provide assistance to those without insurance for heart related problems.

In 2017, King was diagnosed with lung cancer and successfully underwent surgery to treat it, and in 2019 he underwent a treatment for angina.

Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on November 19, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, King two Jewish immigrants – His mother, Jennie (Gitlitz) Zeiger, was from Lithuania, while his father, Edward Zeiger, hailed from Ukraine.

His father died of a heart attack when King was 10, while his mother, Jennie Zeiger, was forced to go on welfare to support her children after being left to raise King and his younger brother, Marty, alone.

Though, he grew up as a fan of baseball but his career in media started in 1957, when he took a job as a disc jockey at WAHR-AM in Miami. It was then that he made the decision to change his surname when his boss told him that his surname was too ethnic and people won’t remember it.

In his autobiography, King wrote: “There was no time to think about whether this was good or bad or what my mother would say. I was going on the air in five minutes.

“The Miami Herald was spread out on his desk. Face-up was a full-page ad for King’s Wholesale Liquors. The general manager looked down and said, ‘King! How about Larry King?'”

So, Larry King emerged on that day and later got a deal with CNN in 1985 where his show “Larry King Live” was premiered on CNN.

This marked the beginning of an era of a long and storied run that included a number of high-profile interviews. Throughout the show more than two decades on air, it was routinely CNN’s most-watched program, and King was arguably the network’s biggest star.

King left CNN in 2011, in a move referred to as retirement. But he kept on working until his death, hosting “Larry King Now,” a program that aired on Ora TV, Hulu and RT America.

King, who never wanted the interview to end, said. “I just love what I do, I love asking questions, I love doing the interviews.”

King suffered many failed marriages and lost some children while he was alive.

King will be remembered for his contributions in journalism and hosting one of the world-best interview show.

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