Legendary Host Larry King Passes Away

Talk show host Larry King is shown on the set of his program 'Larry King Live' at the CNN studios in Los Angeles in March 2005.

Legendary broadcast journalist Larry King has passed away.

Larry King, the Brooklyn-bred man who became cable TV’s most well-known talk-show host, died Saturday. He was 87.

King had been hospitalized with COVID-19. He passed away Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Ora Media, a production company King founded with Mexican media mogul Carlos Slim.

“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 company said.

Over the course of more than five decades years in radio and TV broadcasting, half of it spent hosting CNN’s “Larry King Live,” King mingled with the famous and infamous, and average people who became either.

King was married eight times to seven wives, earning him a reputation as a womanizer. (He filed for divorce from his most recent – and seventh – wife, Shawn Southwick, in 2010; they later reconciled, but he filed for divorce again in 2019.) Constantly in debt and borrowing from friends, he at one point ended up being charged with grand larceny after he failed to repay a $5,000 loan from a friend.

He had five children: Andy and Chaia, the two conceived with his third wife, Playboy bunny Alene Akins, died within weeks of each other in 2020, at 65 and 51, respectively. 

Along with his trademark suspenders, King was known for his live interviews  and viewer call-in segments. And he never seemed to run out of questions.

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King throws out the first pitch before a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2004.
King touches then-real estate developer Donald Trump's hair during an <a href="https://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2015/08/27/donald-trump-larry-king-live-president-hair-comb-over-bts.cnn" target="_blank">interview in 2004</a>.
King attends the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
King has his microphone adjusted on the set of his show in 2007.
King interviews media mogul Oprah Winfrey in 2007.
King talks with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in 2007 at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
King cheers on the Dodgers during a playoff game in 2009.
King poses for a photo with the Dalai Lama during an interview for "Larry King Live" in 2010.
In 2010, King announced his decision to retire from his show after 25 years. Here, he looks back at some of his past work: an interview with convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucker.
King interviews former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, in 2010.
King signs autographs at the broadcast of his final CNN show in 2010.
King takes part in a Comedy Central roast of Donald Trump in 2011.
King watches his wife, Shawn, at a red-carpet event in 2014.
King adjusts his tie before speaking at a 2015 Newseum event about his life in broadcasting.
King receives a lifetime achievement award at The Soiree gala in February 2019.
King guest-stars on the TV show "Let's Be Real" in 2020.
King was married to Sharon Lepore from 1976 to 1982. King was married eight times in his life, to seven women.
King, right, joined CNN in 1985. He started his career as a radio DJ in Miami in 1957. His late-night radio talk show, "The Larry King Show," debuted in 1978 and was nationally syndicated.
King in a photo taken in 1989.
King and his wife, Julie, leave the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 1990. At left is ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings.
King has his makeup touched up during a break in his show in 1992. His guest was presidential candidate Ross Perot.
First lady Hillary Clinton shows her wedding ring to King during an episode in 1994.
Actor Marlon Brando plants a kiss on King during an interview at Brando's home in 1994. They were singing a song together.
King, wearing his trademark suspenders, at his CNN office in 1995.
King is prepped on the set of his show in 1995.
King receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.
King and his son Chance attend a fundraiser for the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 2000. Surviving heart problems, including several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987, led King to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help those without insurance afford medical treatment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with King before appearing on King's show in 2000.
King interviews Patty Hearst, heiress to the Hearst publishing fortune, in 2001. It was her first interview since President Bill Clinton pardoned her for a bank robbery conviction.
King makes a grand entrance at a benefit for his foundation in 2001.
King gets a little too much powder during a bit at the Emmy Awards in 2002.
King -- with his wife, Shawn, and their children Chance and Cannon -- signs copies of his mystery novel "Moon Over Manhattan" in 2003.
King throws out the first pitch before a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2004.
King touches then-real estate developer Donald Trump's hair during an <a href="https://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2015/08/27/donald-trump-larry-king-live-president-hair-comb-over-bts.cnn" target="_blank">interview in 2004</a>.
King attends the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
King has his microphone adjusted on the set of his show in 2007.
King interviews media mogul Oprah Winfrey in 2007.
King talks with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in 2007 at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
King cheers on the Dodgers during a playoff game in 2009.
King poses for a photo with the Dalai Lama during an interview for "Larry King Live" in 2010.
In 2010, King announced his decision to retire from his show after 25 years. Here, he looks back at some of his past work: an interview with convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucker.
King interviews former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, in 2010.
King signs autographs at the broadcast of his final CNN show in 2010.
King takes part in a Comedy Central roast of Donald Trump in 2011.
King watches his wife, Shawn, at a red-carpet event in 2014.
King adjusts his tie before speaking at a 2015 Newseum event about his life in broadcasting.
King receives a lifetime achievement award at The Soiree gala in February 2019.
King guest-stars on the TV show "Let's Be Real" in 2020.
King was married to Sharon Lepore from 1976 to 1982. King was married eight times in his life, to seven women.
King, right, joined CNN in 1985. He started his career as a radio DJ in Miami in 1957. His late-night radio talk show, "The Larry King Show," debuted in 1978 and was nationally syndicated.
King in a photo taken in 1989.
King and his wife, Julie, leave the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 1990. At left is ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings.
King has his makeup touched up during a break in his show in 1992. His guest was presidential candidate Ross Perot.
First lady Hillary Clinton shows her wedding ring to King during an episode in 1994.
Actor Marlon Brando plants a kiss on King during an interview at Brando's home in 1994. They were singing a song together.
King, wearing his trademark suspenders, at his CNN office in 1995.
King is prepped on the set of his show in 1995.
King receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.
King and his son Chance attend a fundraiser for the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 2000. Surviving heart problems, including several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987, led King to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help those without insurance afford medical treatment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with King before appearing on King's show in 2000.
King interviews Patty Hearst, heiress to the Hearst publishing fortune, in 2001. It was her first interview since President Bill Clinton pardoned her for a bank robbery conviction.
King makes a grand entrance at a benefit for his foundation in 2001.
King gets a little too much powder during a bit at the Emmy Awards in 2002.
King -- with his wife, Shawn, and their children Chance and Cannon -- signs copies of his mystery novel "Moon Over Manhattan" in 2003.
King -- with his wife, Shawn, and their children Chance and Cannon -- signs copies of his mystery novel "Moon Over Manhattan" in 2003.
King throws out the first pitch before a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2004.
King touches then-real estate developer Donald Trump's hair during an <a href="https://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2015/08/27/donald-trump-larry-king-live-president-hair-comb-over-bts.cnn" target="_blank">interview in 2004</a>.
King attends the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
King has his microphone adjusted on the set of his show in 2007.
King interviews media mogul Oprah Winfrey in 2007.
King talks with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in 2007 at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
King cheers on the Dodgers during a playoff game in 2009.
King poses for a photo with the Dalai Lama during an interview for "Larry King Live" in 2010.
In 2010, King announced his decision to retire from his show after 25 years. Here, he looks back at some of his past work: an interview with convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucker.
King interviews former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, in 2010.
King signs autographs at the broadcast of his final CNN show in 2010.
King takes part in a Comedy Central roast of Donald Trump in 2011.
King watches his wife, Shawn, at a red-carpet event in 2014.
King adjusts his tie before speaking at a 2015 Newseum event about his life in broadcasting.
King receives a lifetime achievement award at The Soiree gala in February 2019.
King guest-stars on the TV show "Let's Be Real" in 2020.
King was married to Sharon Lepore from 1976 to 1982. King was married eight times in his life, to seven women.
King, right, joined CNN in 1985. He started his career as a radio DJ in Miami in 1957. His late-night radio talk show, "The Larry King Show," debuted in 1978 and was nationally syndicated.
King in a photo taken in 1989.
King and his wife, Julie, leave the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 1990. At left is ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings.
King has his makeup touched up during a break in his show in 1992. His guest was presidential candidate Ross Perot.
First lady Hillary Clinton shows her wedding ring to King during an episode in 1994.
Actor Marlon Brando plants a kiss on King during an interview at Brando's home in 1994. They were singing a song together.
King, wearing his trademark suspenders, at his CNN office in 1995.
King is prepped on the set of his show in 1995.
King receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.
King and his son Chance attend a fundraiser for the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 2000. Surviving heart problems, including several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987, led King to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help those without insurance afford medical treatment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with King before appearing on King's show in 2000.
King interviews Patty Hearst, heiress to the Hearst publishing fortune, in 2001. It was her first interview since President Bill Clinton pardoned her for a bank robbery conviction.
King makes a grand entrance at a benefit for his foundation in 2001.
King gets a little too much powder during a bit at the Emmy Awards in 2002.
King -- with his wife, Shawn, and their children Chance and Cannon -- signs copies of his mystery novel "Moon Over Manhattan" in 2003.
King throws out the first pitch before a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2004.
King touches then-real estate developer Donald Trump's hair during an <a href="https://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2015/08/27/donald-trump-larry-king-live-president-hair-comb-over-bts.cnn" target="_blank">interview in 2004</a>.
King attends the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
King has his microphone adjusted on the set of his show in 2007.
King interviews media mogul Oprah Winfrey in 2007.
King talks with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in 2007 at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
King cheers on the Dodgers during a playoff game in 2009.
King poses for a photo with the Dalai Lama during an interview for "Larry King Live" in 2010.
In 2010, King announced his decision to retire from his show after 25 years. Here, he looks back at some of his past work: an interview with convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucker.
King interviews former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, in 2010.
King signs autographs at the broadcast of his final CNN show in 2010.
King takes part in a Comedy Central roast of Donald Trump in 2011.
King watches his wife, Shawn, at a red-carpet event in 2014.
King adjusts his tie before speaking at a 2015 Newseum event about his life in broadcasting.
King receives a lifetime achievement award at The Soiree gala in February 2019.
King guest-stars on the TV show "Let's Be Real" in 2020.
King was married to Sharon Lepore from 1976 to 1982. King was married eight times in his life, to seven women.
King, right, joined CNN in 1985. He started his career as a radio DJ in Miami in 1957. His late-night radio talk show, "The Larry King Show," debuted in 1978 and was nationally syndicated.
King in a photo taken in 1989.
King and his wife, Julie, leave the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 1990. At left is ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings.
King has his makeup touched up during a break in his show in 1992. His guest was presidential candidate Ross Perot.
First lady Hillary Clinton shows her wedding ring to King during an episode in 1994.
Actor Marlon Brando plants a kiss on King during an interview at Brando's home in 1994. They were singing a song together.
King, wearing his trademark suspenders, at his CNN office in 1995.
King is prepped on the set of his show in 1995.
King receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.
King and his son Chance attend a fundraiser for the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 2000. Surviving heart problems, including several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987, led King to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help those without insurance afford medical treatment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with King before appearing on King's show in 2000.
King interviews Patty Hearst, heiress to the Hearst publishing fortune, in 2001. It was her first interview since President Bill Clinton pardoned her for a bank robbery conviction.
King makes a grand entrance at a benefit for his foundation in 2001.
King gets a little too much powder during a bit at the Emmy Awards in 2002.
King in a photo taken in 1989.
King and his wife, Julie, leave the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 1990. At left is ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings.
King has his makeup touched up during a break in his show in 1992. His guest was presidential candidate Ross Perot.
First lady Hillary Clinton shows her wedding ring to King during an episode in 1994.
Actor Marlon Brando plants a kiss on King during an interview at Brando's home in 1994. They were singing a song together.
King, wearing his trademark suspenders, at his CNN office in 1995.
King is prepped on the set of his show in 1995.
King receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.
King and his son Chance attend a fundraiser for the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 2000. Surviving heart problems, including several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987, led King to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help those without insurance afford medical treatment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with King before appearing on King's show in 2000.
King interviews Patty Hearst, heiress to the Hearst publishing fortune, in 2001. It was her first interview since President Bill Clinton pardoned her for a bank robbery conviction.
King makes a grand entrance at a benefit for his foundation in 2001.
King gets a little too much powder during a bit at the Emmy Awards in 2002.
King -- with his wife, Shawn, and their children Chance and Cannon -- signs copies of his mystery novel "Moon Over Manhattan" in 2003.
King throws out the first pitch before a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2004.
King touches then-real estate developer Donald Trump's hair during an <a href="https://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2015/08/27/donald-trump-larry-king-live-president-hair-comb-over-bts.cnn" target="_blank">interview in 2004</a>.
King attends the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
King has his microphone adjusted on the set of his show in 2007.
King interviews media mogul Oprah Winfrey in 2007.
King talks with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in 2007 at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
King cheers on the Dodgers during a playoff game in 2009.
King poses for a photo with the Dalai Lama during an interview for "Larry King Live" in 2010.
In 2010, King announced his decision to retire from his show after 25 years. Here, he looks back at some of his past work: an interview with convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucker.
King interviews former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, in 2010.
King signs autographs at the broadcast of his final CNN show in 2010.
King takes part in a Comedy Central roast of Donald Trump in 2011.
King watches his wife, Shawn, at a red-carpet event in 2014.
King adjusts his tie before speaking at a 2015 Newseum event about his life in broadcasting.

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