Legendary Talk Show Host, TV Icon And Radio Interviewer Larry King Dies At 87

Terrible loss for the world of journalism and media!

The news of Larry King’s death

Larry King, who was best known as the CNN talk-show host dies after being diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, according to reports. The media personality died on Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles according to Ora Media (which is the studio and network that he co-founded), says Fox News.

Although the cause of his death was not given, the radio interviewer and TV icon had been suffering from COVID-19 for a while, according to several of the reports. He was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre near the end of 2020 and his family was barred from visiting him due to COVID-19 protocols. His condition quickly worsened and he was moved to the ICU on New Year’s Eve and was receiving oxygen. His condition became a bit better in January when he started breathing on his own and was moved out of the ICU, according to a spokesperson from Ora Media, as reported by USA Today.

According to Fox News, the statement of his death that came in from Ora Media, said, “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.”

The news of Larry King’s death was extremely shocking. The loss of such an important figure is a heavy blow to the world of media and journalism.

A little bit on Larry King’s career

Larry King’s career kickstarted when he became a talk show host and disc jockey in a local radio in Miami back in 1957. He started getting into interviews by the next year, in 1958, when he hosted an on-site interview program for a restaurant in Miami called Pumpernik restaurant, where he began interviewing whoever entered through the door.

Larry King also did some commentary for Miami Dolphins broadcasts and landed his first television gig in 1964. During this time, King also started writing for newspaper columns, which included the Miami Herald, Miami News and Miami Beach Sun-Reporter.

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Larry King has hosted CNN’s award-winning show “Larry King Live” for 25 years before finally signing off on December 16, 2010. The show began in the year 1985 on June 3. During the course of his time on the show, King had interviewed quite a huge number of people from all around the world, from world leaders and celebrities to even criminals and conspiracy theorists. The show has cumulated over 6,000 episodes with a massive fan following.

Larry King wrapped up his final episode on the CNN show with the words, “Instead of goodbye, how about so long.”

But this was not the end of the iconic journalist’s career. Larry King went on to work on numerous projects, finally becoming the co-founder of Ora TV, the studio and media house in 2012.

Larry King’s health issues

Larry King’s death came as even more of a shock because although he suffering from lung cancer, Type 2 diabetes and multiple heart attacks, he never gave up on his role as an extraordinary journalist. The man even went through quintuple bypass surgery in 1987. But he vowed never to stop interviewing until the day he died. Such was his resilience and dedication towards his work.

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According to USA Today, he revealed he had suffered from a heat stroke in March 2019 which sent him in a coma for weeks. He became extremely depressed after this and even considered ending his life. In the April of the same year, he also underwent angioplasty after complaining of chest pains. But coping through all these struggles he recovered and continued working.

Larry King’s death will leave a mark on people’s lives while also showing to the world that hard work and dedication towards one’s craft can beat any illness and elevate one to great statures.

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