Iconic TV Host Was 87 – Deadline

Larry King, the iconic and award-winning American television host, has died aged 87.

King’s death was announced on his Twitter page on Saturday morning by Ora Media, the studio and the network he co-founded. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles weeks after it was revealed he had been hospitalized with coronavirus.

“With deep sadness, Ora Media announces the sad death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King,” the Ora Media statement said. “Ora Media extends our condolences to its surviving children Larry, Jr, Chance, Cannon and the entire King family. Funeral services and a memorial service will be announced later in coordination with the King family, who are requesting confidentiality at this time.

King was born in Brooklyn in 1933 and pursued a highly decorated six-decade career in broadcasting, becoming best known for his CNN show. Larry King Live, which ran from 1985 to 2010. In recent years, he has hosted Ora Media shows Larry King now and Politicking with Larry King.

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King was a brilliant interviewer, with memorable encounters including a show with Marlon Brando in 1994, featuring song and kiss, and chairing a debate in 1993 between former Vice President Al Gore and the man from billionaire business Ross Perot on the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement. And who can forget King presiding over live coverage of OJ Simpson’s 1994 car chase.

King won an Emmy in 1999 for her interview with Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman to be executed in Texas since the Civil War. Millions of people tune in as the 38-year-old murderer spoke to King from the edge of death row. “Is it getting worse every day?” King asked as she approached the lethal injection. “No. It gets a little more exciting every day,” she replied.

In addition to the 1999 Emmy Awards, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded King a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. In a moving acceptance speech, he said, “I have been fortunate enough to being in a company where I really didn’t have to work. It was amazing to come in every night and meet people and ask them questions. It was a privilege.

Ora Media said, “For 63 years and across radio, television and digital media platforms, thousands of interviews, awards and world-renowned Larry can attest to his unique and enduring talent in as a broadcaster.

“Also, while that was his name appearing in the titles of the shows, Larry always regarded his interview subjects as the real stars of his programs, and himself as a mere intermediary between guest and audience. .

“Whether he’s interviewing a US President, a foreign leader, a celebrity, a scandal-ridden figure, or an ordinary man, Larry liked to ask short, straightforward, and simple questions. He believed that concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not mistaken in that belief.

King broke into broadcast as a DJ in Florida, where he developed his conversational interview style. Radio has remained a passion throughout his career and he hosted the national radio show, The Larry King Show, from 1978 to 1994.

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