larry king dies
Rest in peace

Larry King dies at 87: Stars pay tribute to the TV icon

The Emmy-winning radio and talk show host had been battling coronavirus

Legendary talk show host Larry King died on the morning of Saturday, January 23 at the age of 87. No cause of death has been revealed, but the news comes weeks after it was confirmed that he had contracted coronavirus.The award-winning Brooklyn native became a household name for his long-running CNN show Larry King Live. Ora Media, which Larry launched in 2012, announced the sad news on his twitter.

“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,” the statement read on Larry’s account.

“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,” the announcement continued.

“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.”

Earlier this year, Larry lost his son Andy and daughter Chaia within weeks of each. Throughout his grief, Larry continued to release new episodes of his YouTube series Larry King Now and planned to enter the world of podcasting.

The Associated Press estimates that Larry led over 50,000 interviews throughout his illustrious career. Now, some of the celebrities and politicians he spoke with are honoring him. See all the star tributes below (and check back for updates):

Andrew Cuomo

Craig Ferguson


Piers Morgan

Sign up to our newsletter to stay in touch with your cultura. Get the latest on your favorite celebrities, royals, and the best beauty, fashion, and lifestyle news delivered right to your inbox!