Last weekend, Larry King passed away at age 87. His death was announced on his Twitter account by Ora Media, the network that King launched back in 2012.
Whether or not you followed his career, you’re probably familiar with this easygoing and unconventional interviewer who was always hunched over his desk in that iconic glasses-and-suspenders combo as he conducted interviews in a way that was unlike most hosts. Larry King was a legendary personality who became a staple in the world of American talk shows.
His career lasted 60 years after he got into the broadcasting industry through radio. His first broadcast as a disc jockey was back in 1957 for a small Miami station. From there, his career just kept building momentum until he landed gigs that we now know him for, the most legendary of which was hosting Larry King Live on CNN for 25 years.
King was known for his casual approach to interviewing, with his open-ended and direct questions allowing for more room for his guests to talk about themselves and whatever they wanted to promote or address in a less restricted environment. This made for some of the most candid and enlightening interviews, which was made even more compelling by the fact that the interviewees he invited onto the show could be anyone from celebrities and politicians to conspiracy theorists and everyday people.
His children, Larry King Jr., Chance King, and Cannon King, also addressed his death in a tweet posted in the late host’s account.
“We are heartbroken over our father’s death, and together with our extended family mourn his passing,” it read. “The world knew Larry King as a great broadcaster and interviewer, but to us he was ‘dad.’”
In the statement, his sons also expressed their gratitude for the “outpouring of love and the remembrances of his remarkable career.” They added that, in lieu of flowers, they ask that people consider donating to the American Heart Association or the Beverly Hills Fire Department EMS.
Neither Ora Media’s announcement nor his children’s statement specified the cause of King’s death. However, King was hospitalized just weeks ago after contracting COVID-19.