American talk show host Larry King has died at the age of 87, Ora Media said in a statement tweeted from his account on Saturday, January 23.
The statement said: “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“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.
“Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, King always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience.
“Whether he was interviewing a US president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage, or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short, direct, and uncomplicated questions. He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief.
“Larry’s interviews from his 25-year run on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live,’ and his Ora Media programs ‘Larry King Now;’ as well as ‘Politicking with Larry King’ are consistently referenced by media outlets around the world; and also remain part of the historical record of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
“Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry, Jr; Chance; Cannon; as well as the entire King family.
“Funeral arrangements and a memorial service will be announced later; in coordination with the King family, who ask for their privacy at this time.”
People are also voicing their tributes to the interviewer on social media.
On Twitter, presenter Piers Morgan wrote: “RIP Larry King, 87. A television legend.”
He also described King as a “brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer”.
CNN anchor Jim Acosta wrote: “Broadcasting legend and longtime CNN host King has passed away. He will be missed by so many CNN employees past and present. #RIPLarryKing.”
British radio host Simon Mayo wrote: “Very sad news. Icon.”
Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international anchor, wrote: “King was a giant of broadcasting; and a master of the TV celebrity/statesman-woman interview.
“His name is synonymous with CNN and he was vital to the network’s ascent. EVERYONE wanted to be on Larry King Live. May he Rest in Peace.”