The news-breaking is US television host Larry King had tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week and has died at 87 years. He had been undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in that week.
Larry King was reported to have had medical issues in recent decades, including heart attacks and diagnoses of diabetes and lung cancer.
Last year, he lost two of his five children within weeks of each other.
His son Andy King died of a heart attack at 65 in August, and daughter Chaia King died from lung cancer at 51 in July, Larry King said then in a statement.
Mr King has had medical issues in recent decades, including heart attacks and diagnoses of diabetes and lung cancer.
With a career spanning 63 years, King became a household name as the host of CNN’s Larry King Live, which logged a record-setting run of hours from 1985 to 2010.
He has recorded somewhat 50,000 celebrities, politicians and sports stars on radio and TV, usually wearing his trademark suspenders.
Trubutes are rolling in as to the shock.
“It was always a treat to sit at your table. And hear your stories. Thank you Larry King,” Oprah Winfrey tweeted.
Powerhouse singer Celine Dion offered her condolences to King’s family and remembered him as kind-hearted.
“There will never be anyone like him, and he will be missed by many,” she tweeted.
Former US president Bill Clinton said he enjoyed more than 20 interviews with King, who had a “great sense of humour and a genuine interest in people”.
“He gave a direct line to the American people and worked hard to get the truth for them, with questions that were direct but fair. Farewell, my friend,” Clinton said.
He was the son of European immigrants who grew up in Brooklyn and never went to college, Mr. King began as a local radio interviewer and sportscaster in Florida in the 1950s and ’60s, rose to prominence with an all-night coast-to-coast radio call-in show starting in 1978, and from 1985 to 2010 anchored CNN’s highest-rated, longest-running program, reaching millions across America and around the world.
RIP Mr King we miss you long time.
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