Larry King Dies After COVID Diagnosis

Expert interviewer Larry King

Veteran US television host Larry King has died aged 87, his production company said.

Here is King's own remarkable and riveting story, from his humble roots in Depression-era Brooklyn to the heights of celebrity as host of CNN's Larry King Live.

Larry King, the television and radio talk show host who interviewed thousands over a six-decade career, died on Friday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Larry King was born Lawrence Zeiger on November 19, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrant Jewish parents.

King was always a great supporter of pro wrestling, even during the time when other major outlets were hesitant to support and give coverage to sports entertainment.

King overcame several health challenges over the years, including a heart attack that led to bypass surgery and ultimately encouraged King to quit smoking.

In a career spanning six decades, King interviewed a staggering number of celebrities, political leaders and public figures, including every USA president from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.

In his lifetime, King conducted more than 30,000 interviews with big names from around the world.

After retiring from CNN in 2010, he moved on to hosting online talk shows on Ora.Tv and Hulu. Well, I thought, 'Oh my God this is such a TV iconic moment.' Well. our lovely, loving boss that we love so much, Tom Johnson, called me and said, 'Why did you let them kiss?' " she said, referring to Tom Johnson, CNN's president at the time. At one point, Seinfeld asks King, "I was the No. 1 show on television, Larry".

King's interviews ranged from celebrities like Lady Gaga, Marlon Brando, Hugh Grant, Jerry Seinfeld and Snoop Dogg to people in the news like Tammy Faye Messner John F. Kennedy Jr., Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Journalists at CNN gnashed their teeth at missed opportunities to show off their toughness and knowledge if they'd been in his place asking questions of premiers or presidents.

As King wrote in one of his books, "My Remarkable Journey", the network "was just getting off the ground", he said. King passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 87. "I never should have done it, obviously", King told the publication then.

Larry King has breakfast as he often did with friends Barry Rubin, Irwin Schaeffer and Bud Moss at Nate 'n Al's on November 12, 2010. After more than 6,000 episodes, King retired from CNN.

His private life has been colorful too: after 22 years of marriage he divorced his seventh wife Shawn Southwick in 2019, having filed eight times for a divorce - he married one wife twice.