Larry King, a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster whose career spanned decades, died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 23, 2021
With his trademark suspenders and deep baritone voice Larry King spoke with presidents, world leaders, celebrities, authors, scientists, comedians, athletes…. literally everyone.
The man was just ubiquitous. RIP, Larry King. pic.twitter.com/CJqnSiMbQC
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 23, 2021
My friend Larry King has died.
It is literally true that thousands of us can make that sad statement this morning. While he was easily caricatured, I’ve never known anybody who made a bigger deal out of the slightest kindness afforded him. #RIPLarryKing
1) 25 years ago… pic.twitter.com/CrA6tleJDH
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 23, 2021
King published more than 20 books and had a USA Today column for decades, and In 1985, Ted Turner hired him for his new network, CNN where he stayed for 25 years. King famously didn’t do a lot of preparation before his interviews.
“The less I know, the better,” he said. “Now that sounds strange to people. Like, if you wrote a book, I wouldn’t read the book before I interviewed you, because I would then know too much about the book and I’m in the same boat as the audience. They haven’t read the book.”
King coped with various ailments throughout his life, mostly heart problems. He suffered several heart attacks and, in 1987, had quintuple bypass surgery.
It’s easy to forget how influential Larry King has been to radio and television, particularly cable tv as we know it. His show especially shaped the 92 election like no other. RIP https://t.co/DaoFrZoepP
— Ray Steele (@RaySteeleRTV6) January 23, 2021
King was diagnosed with COVID-19 over the holidays, and was hospitalized in the ICU at one point, but had recently been moved to a regular hospital room, and was breathing on his own. Things took a turn, and King died early Saturday morning.
Larry King was a legend. I once did an article teasing his amazing tweets and he came back with this. pic.twitter.com/NWo9glzfVe
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) January 23, 2021
Larry King was a radio and TV legend with an insatiable curiosity about people and a real sense of humor. He could get anyone talking, from Hollywood stars to the guy on the corner. In the 1990s, Larry King Live even became the most important show in American politics. RIP. pic.twitter.com/TSNlYf87ui
— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) January 23, 2021