Legendary TV Host Larry King Dies Aged 87

by Muthoni Kimani
January 25, 2021

Larry King, the veteran TV and radio personality best known as the host of Larry King Live, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 87.

King interviewed everyone from sitting presidents to royalty to regular people touched by extraordinary circumstances. King was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1933 and got his start in the heady world of Miami broadcasting, eventually becoming a columnist for the Miami Herald and began hosting his eponymous national radio show in 1978.

A statement from King's family described him as an amazing father and a loyal friend.

"We are heartbroken over our father's death, and together with our extended family mourn his passing. 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. And, through it all, we knew without a doubt in the world that he loved us more than life itself"

They added; "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. The outpouring of love and the remembrances of his remarkable career have touched us deeply, and we are so thankful.

In place of flowers, we kindly ask consideration of a donation to the American Heart Association or the Beverly Hills Fire Department EMS, to which a debt of gratitude is owed for the wonderful care they provided to our dad in his final years. With deep appreciation, Larry King, Jr., Chance King, and Cannon King"

"Funeral arrangements and a memorial service will be announced later in coordination with the King family, who ask for their privacy at this time."