The American TV host Larry King died at the age of 87. This is reported through Kings Twitter account and by the news channel CNN, for which he worked for years.
At the beginning of this month, King was hospitalized after being infected with the coronavirus. He died in a hospital in Los Angeles.
King, who always wore suspenders, became world famous as the figurehead of news channel CNN, where he presented the talk show Larry King Live for 25 years. He interviewed numerous celebrities, from presidents and music icons to sports legends.
King was frequently accused of barely delving himself into his guests, so his interviews were relatively superficial. King always opposed wanting to learn about his interviewers at the same time as his viewers.
He saw himself as a “pass through”, he said to the Hartford Courant in 2007. “I ask the best questions I can ask, listen to the answers, ask on and then the public can draw a conclusion. I am not here to draw those conclusions, but I want to put someone as best as I can.”
In 2010, King stopped presenting the daily show, because he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Two years later, he founded his own production company with the Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim. Before that, he presented the talk show Larry King Now until last year.
Over the past few years, King struggled with his health. Among other things, he was affected by a stroke, he had cancer and had heart problems. Last summer, a son and a daughter of King died within a few weeks. “Losing them feels so unreal,” wrote King then on Facebook. “No parent should bury a child.”