Legendary broadcaster, Larry King dies weeks after testing positive for COVID-19
London, Jan. 23, 2021 (AltAfrica)-US talk show host Larry King has died at the age of 87.
The TV star was taken to hospital in Los Angeles in late December after testing positive for coronavirus.
King, whose career spanned more than six decades, had Type 2 diabetes and had suffered from lung cancer, angina and heart attacks in recent years.
King had a 63-year broadcasting career, which included 25 years as an interviewer on CNN’s Larry King Live.
King was recently undergoing treatment for COVID-19 symptoms at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, where he passed away. His cause of death has not been confirmed.
King’s broadcasting fame began in the 1970s with his radio programme The Larry King Show, which he hosted on the network Mutual Broadcasting System.
He then went on to have his own television show, Larry King Live on CNN, between 1985 and 2010, where his guests included politicians, celebrities, sports stars and well-known conspiracy theorists
A statement was posted on his verified Facebook announcing his passing.
“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 said.
“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.