Weeks after he was admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 complications, legendary television personality Larry King has died. The news was announced on King's official Twitter account with a statement from Ora Media, the company behind his shows Larry King Now and Politicking with Larry King, revealing that King died on Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 87 years old.
"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 statement reads. "Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows' titles, Larry King always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience."
The statement adds, "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 concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief."
At the start of the month, it was reported that King had been hospitalized after he tested positive for COVID-19. Due to safety protocols, his family had been unable to visit him in the hospital and the state of his condition wasn't known, but at the time, it was reported that King had been battling the coronavirus for more than a week. What exactly caused his passing remains unclear, but it appears King never made it back out of the hospital.
King has had many health struggles throughout his life. He suffered a major heart attack in 1987, requiring quintuple-bypass surgery. He'd go on to address living with heart disease in two books and often spoke about his health in television interviews. With doctors monitoring his health every year, a cancerous tumor was discovered in his lung in 2017, though it was successfully removed with surgery. In 2019, King underwent an angioplasty and had stents placed in his heart. That same year, he had suffered a stroke and was in a coma for weeks.
Without a doubt, King will always be known as one of the greatest talk show hosts as evidenced by his lengthy career. Beginning as a journalist in the 1950s, King was hosting his own show, The Larry King Show, by the late '70s. He'd take his talents to television and would host Larry King Live on CNN between 1985 and 2010. Because he just didn't want to retire, King kept working by hosting Larry King Now and Politicking with Larry King in more recent years.
King's survivors include his children Larry, Jr., Chance, and Cannon. Our thoughts go out to them and the rest of the King family at this painful time. The family is expected to soon announce information about funeral arrangements and a memorial service, and they're also asking for privacy at this time as they grieve the loss. There was no one else like King; may he rest in peace. This news comes to us from the official page for Larry King on Twitter.