87-year-old Larry King, the longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers has died.
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.
It was always a treat to sit at your table. And hear your stories. Thank you Larry King. pic.twitter.com/O66uEXeJE4— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 23, 2021
King had been hospitalized with COVID-19 in late December.
He battled a number of health problems over the years, suffering several heart attacks.
More recently, King revealed in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and successfully underwent surgery to treat it.
in an era filled with star newsmen, King was a giant, among the most prominent questioners on television and a host to presidents, movie stars and world-class athletes.
Larry King hosted the unveiling of Michael Jordan’s “The Spirit” statue in 1994 wearing a Bulls jacket and Air Jordan 10s. RIP to a legend 🙏 pic.twitter.com/4RXNP29z1F— Complex Sneakers (@ComplexSneakers) January 23, 2021
Rest In Peace Larry King. What a wonderful life and an iconic career. I'm grateful to have known him. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and family ❤️ pic.twitter.com/uz3uavWehj— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 23, 2021
With an affable, easygoing demeanour that distinguished him from more intense TV interviewers, King perfected a casual approach to the Q&A format, always leaning forward and listening intently to his guests, rarely interrupting.
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