Famous American journalist and television host Larry King, legendary in the United States and abroad for interviewing countless personalities, has died at 87, his company, Ora Media announced on Saturday.
The latter did not specify the cause of death, but Larry King had been admitted to hospital after contracting Covid-19, the CNN channel, on which he has long officiated, said earlier this month.
“With deep sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder and friend Larry King, who died at the age of 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” read a company statement. posted on Larry King’s official Twitter account.
“For 63 years on radio, television and digital media, Larry’s thousands of interviews and awards and worldwide recognition are testament to his unique talent as a man of media,” said added Ora Media.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been interviewed several times by Larry King, praised the memory and “great professionalism” of the American journalist, the Kremlin said.
Known for his rolled up shirt sleeves, multicolored ties, suspenders and large glasses, he hosted the “Larry King Live” show for 25 years. He has interviewed every US president since 1974 and leaders such as Palestinian Yasser Arafat, as well as stars like Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando or Barbra Streisand.
Larry King left CNN in 2010. He then continued interviews, broadcast on his site, and in 2012 launched “Larry King Now” on Ora TV, an on-demand internet channel, which he co-founded. In 2013, he started hosting the “Politicking with Larry King” show there.