New York, 23 January 2021 (dpa/MIA) – US talk show host Larry King has died at the age of 87, the news channel CNN reported on Saturday, citing his son.
The news was also announced on King‘s Twitter profile.
King died on Saturday morning in a Los Angeles hospital, the TV company Ora Media, which King co-founded in 2012, announced. Details of the funeral and memorial service would be provided at a later date, it said.
The cause of death was not initially disclosed. In early January, it was revealed that King had contracted the coronavirus and was being treated in hospital for the disease Covid-19. The severity of his illness was not initially disclosed.
King became famous with his show “Larry King Live,” which was shown on the network CNN from 1985 to 2010.
He practically always wore the same outfit with horn-rimmed glasses, shirt and braces, which became his trademark.
On the show, the award-winning journalist interviewed Hollywood stars, athletes, leading executives and top politicians, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and US presidents from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama.
King‘s interview style was notorious and is often copied in US late night talks shows to this day: He asked the celebrities the supposedly simple questions that would interest people on the street.
Soon after its launch in 1985, the show became a flagship for CNN. It stayed on the air for 25 years, always on weekdays at 9 pm.
Born in New York in 1933, King had been married several times and had five children, two of whom died before him.