- BBC World News
Larry King, the American radio and television giant that gained worldwide fame over interviewing political and celebrity leaders, passed away this coming Saturday at the age of 87 a victim of Cubid.
King conducted about 50,000 interviews in six decades of his career, which included 25 years as a facilitator of the popular talk show CNN Larry King Live.
The journalist died at Cedars-Chinese Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, where he was received earlier this month with Cubid 19, according to a statement released by Ora Media, the production company he helped set up.
The presenter has dealt with various health issues in recent years, including heart attacks.
“For 63 years, on radio, television and digital media, Larry’s thousands of interviews, awards and accolades have been Evidence of his unique and enduring talent as a broadcaster“It was written in a press release by Ora Media.
Born in New York in 1933 as Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, King became famous in the 1970s with his radio show. Larry King’s show, Red commercial reciprocal transmission system.
In 1985 he launched Larry King Live On CNN, winner Interviews with all Presidents of the United States From Gerald Ford to Barack Obama and the leaders of many other countries.
Throughout his career he has also interviewed countless high-profile personalities, including Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Lady Gaga.
The show, which aired daily around the world, was a huge success with audiences and won several awards. He was also criticized for the lack of confrontation and his overt questions.
King boasted that he had not done much research before to prepare his interviews in a way that he claimed he would be able to meet the characters in parallel to the viewers.
By 2010 its audience rating had dropped significantly. King announced his retirement and CNN replaced him with British journalist and broadcaster Pierce Morgan.
“It’s time to hang my nightgowns”, Said then the presenter whose image was recognized by the use of these accessories, as well as by the collection of the shirt sleeves.
On his latest show on CNN he told viewers: “I do not know what to say except you my audience: Thank you. Instead of saying goodbye, what to see you next.”
After learning of his death, Pierce Morgan said this Saturday on Twitter:
“Larry King was a hero to me until we got into a fight after I replaced him on CNN and he said my show was like watching your mother-in-law go down a cliff with your new Bentley.
Morgan also said that King “was a brilliant presenter and an exemplary TV interviewer”.
CNN President Jeff Zucker also issued a statement marking King’s death.
“The energetic young man from Brooklyn has had a historic career in radio and television. His curiosity in the world ignited his award-winning broadcasting career, but it was his generosity that drew the world to him,” he noted.
Following his departure from CNN, King recently hosted the show Larry King now, Broadcast on the Hulu and RT platform, the international network controlled by the State of Russia.
A Kremlin spokesman was quoted as saying by the state-run RIA Novosti news agency: “King has repeatedly interviewed Putin. The president has always valued his great professionalism and unwavering journalistic authority.”
King was married eight times to seven wives and He had five children, Two of them Died last year Weeks apart, one from a heart attack and one from lung cancer.
In 1988 he founded the Larry King Heart Foundation, a charity that helps fund heart care for people with limited resources or no health insurance.
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