Larry King, legendary talk show host, dies at 87 - CNN
Jan 23, 2021 2 mins, 5 secs
King hosted "Larry King Live" on CNN for over 25 years, interviewing presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars and everyday people.

He also underwent a procedure in 2019 to address angina.

King also suffered personal loss last year when two of his adult children died within weeks of each other: Andy King, 65, suffered a heart attack and daughter Chaia King, 52, died after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

"We mourn the passing of our colleague Larry King," he said in a statement.

"The scrappy young man from Brooklyn had a history-making career spanning radio and television.

From our CNN family to Larry's, we send our thoughts and prayers, and a promise to carry on his curiosity for the world in our work."

For that quarter century, King hosted "Larry King Live" on CNN, a span that was highlighted by more than 30,000 interviews, including every sitting president from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama, and thousands of phone calls from viewers.

Wendy Walker, his longtime executive producer on the show, said King treated all of his interview subjects the same -- from heads of state to ordinary Americans.

"The most underutilized player in the NFL this year was Washington's Desmond Howard...Despite what you think of Lawrence Walsh, we will always have the need for a special prosecutor because a government cannot investigate itself," King wrote in a 1992 column.

Those musings, combined with his unmistakable appearance -- oversized glasses, ever-present suspenders -- made King ripe for caricature.

Edward died of a heart attack when King was 10, a memory King said he mostly "blocked out."

Left to raise King and his younger brother Marty alone, Jennie Zeiger was forced to go on welfare to support her children.

The death had a profound effect on King, and his mother.

"Prior to his death, I'd been a good student but afterwards, I just stopped being interested," King told The Guardian in a 2015 interview.

In 2004, King wrote a book aptly titled, "Why I Love Baseball."

"He was a voracious Dodgers fan, baseball fan," said longtime friend and Dodgers sportscaster Charley Steiner.

The show won a Peabody Award in 1982.

In 1985, "Larry King Live" premiered on CNN, beginning a long and storied run that included a number of high-profile interviews.

But he kept working until his death, hosting "Larry King Now," a program that aired on Ora TV, Hulu and RT America.

King, it seemed, just never wanted the interview to end.

"I just love what I do," he said, "I love asking questions, I love doing the interviews."


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