Lawrence Henry Zeiger more famously known as Larry King has died at the age of 87, according to a New York Times report. In a statement posted to his twitter account, it became known he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Saturday morning. Recent reports confirmed he contracted COVID-19. According to a New York Post interview with his last ex-wife, that is what killed him.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 23, 2021
The New York Post interviewed his sixth wife, Julia Alexander about her last conversation with the iconic broadcaster and she says “I talked to him in the hospital this past week so I knew his time was short,”. “He was extremely weak. I just said Larry I am thinking about you. Everybody is rooting for you. He just couldn’t even talk. He was really very weak.” via NYP.
Father, Fisherman, Motorcycle enthusiast and 56th New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo gave his condolences in a tweet dedicated to the late broadcaster and fellow New Yorker:
Larry King was a Brooklyn boy who become a newsman who interviewed the newsmakers. He conducted over 50,000 interviews that informed Americans in a clear and plain way.
New York sends condolences to his family and many friends.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 23, 2021
Larry King is most known for his CNN show, Larry King Live that drew in big numbers for the network. Spanning 25 years Larry King Live featured everyone from Presidents to Celebrities as guests in the chair opposite the masterful broadcaster. In 2010, Larry King Live’s ratings were nothing like what they used to be and he decided to step down. In 2012, Larry King co-founded OraTV, with his wife, Shawn Southwick-King and spawned Larry King Now where he continued doing the thing he loved, interviewing.
OraTV paid tribute to the late Larry King with his picture up on the home page and posted the following statement on their site:
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, Larry 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 U.S. 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,” and “Politicking with Larry King” are consistently referenced by media outlets around the world and 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 and 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. -via OraTV.