Larry King, the always immaculately dressed CNN host, has died at the age of 87. The long-time host of the “Larry King Live” show recorded over 6,000 episodes before retiring in 2010. He is survived by his three sons, Larry Jr., Chance, and Cannon, who all expressed heartbreak over losing their ‘amazing father’.
Over the course of five decades, Larry King became a household name and possibly America’s favorite newsman. He interviewed over 60,000 people across a wide spectrum from presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, to even the average person.
Celebrities from all over have posted tributes in remembrance of the legendary news host
Larry King suffered several health setbacks in recent years
He was hospitalized in late December due to COVID-19 with a history of medical problems. King revealed that he had suffered several heart attacks which led him to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which lent support to those without insurance. More recently, King battled lung cancer in 2017 and angina in 2019.
In addition to his health problems, King suffered personal loss just last year when two of his adult children, Andy King and Chaia King, died within weeks of each other.
His sons have released a joint statement on Facebook: “The world knew Larry King as a great broadcaster and interviewer, but to us he was ‘Dad.’ He was the man who lovingly obsessed over our daily schedules and our well-being, and who took such immense pride in our accomplishments — large, small, or imagined…”
“Through it all, we knew without a doubt in the world that he loved us more than life itself. He was an amazing father, and he was fiercely loyal to those lucky enough to call him a friend. We will miss him every single day of our lives.”
“Larry King Live” became “the longest-running television show hosted by the same person, on the same network and in the same time slot,” and the feat was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. It will be a long time before that record is broken and not one the world is keen to see outdone any time soon.
Check out some of Larry King’s interviews here.