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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