Longtime television host Larry King has died at the age of 87.
According to a statement issued by his family, King passed away Saturday morning (January 23rd) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Earlier this month, King was hospitalized after contracting COVID-19.
A two-time Peabody and Emmy Award winner, King’s career spanned across six decades and multiple mediums. He’s perhaps best remembered as the host of CNN’s Larry King Live, the interview-based program that he moderated for 25 years. Following his exit from CNN in the early 2010s, King launched a new program called Larry King Now on Hulu.
King also hosted a nationally syndicated radio program between 1978 and 1994.
All told, King was said to have conducted over 30,000 interviews over the course of his career. He spoke to US presidents, foreign leaders, entertainers, and even Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. On Larry King Now in particular, King welcomed several notable music personalities, including Joanna Newsom, Tyler the Creator, and Morrissey.
Given his larger-than-life persona, King also frequently made cameo roles in film and TV. He appeared in 1984’s Ghostbusters, and voiced the character Doris the Ugly Stepsister in the Shrek franchise. He also cameoed in episodes of The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Murphy Brown, and Frasier.
King was married seven times and had five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 23, 2021