Legendary broadcaster Larry King has died, weeks after being hospitalized with COVID-19 and dealing with numerous health issues.
King has had multiple health scares in recent history. He suffered a heart attack, lung and prostate cancer, as well as type two diabetes.
The former Larry King Live host passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a Twitter post from King’s official account.
“Larry’s interviews from his 25-year run on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live,’ and his Ora Media programs ‘Larry King Now,’ and ‘Politicking with Larry King’ are consistently referenced by media outlets around the world and remain part of the historical record of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.”
Larry King and His Previous Health Issues
In November, Larry King spent his 87th birthday in the hospital with heart issues stemming from a lack of blood flow. His doctors released him after a few days of observation. Yet, November’s hospital visit was one of many over the years.
In March 2019, the TV and radio host suffered a stroke that left him in a temporary coma. In fact, his doctors didn’t believe he would recover from the coma, even though he eventually pulled through. Additionally, the same year he underwent a scheduled angioplasty, and immediately went back to work on his Hulu series, Politicking with Larry King.
“I had what they call a slight stroke in March. Everything is back to normal, except for my left foot. I can’t walk on my left foot, so I’m walking with a walker,” King explained to Page Six in November 2019. “It’s making me feel old.”
“It was really touch-and-go,” he continued. “I had a new stent put on the heart. It’s been amazing – everyone tells me they can’t believe I made it through.”
King’s health issues started much earlier than the last couple of years. At just 54 years old, the famous host suffered his first heart attack in 1987. Subsequently, King faced multiple health issues and concerns throughout the last few decades of his life. But, he always went back to work, and was a staple of the entertainment industry for more than 40 years.
The Legacy and Career of Larry King
Larry King, a native of Brooklyn, NY, started his media career as a local journalist and radio interviewer in Florida in the 1950s and 1960s.
The television and radio host first came into the national spotlight in 1978 with The Larry King Show. It was an all-night radio program broadcast nationally over the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1978 to 1994. The radio show consisted of King interviewing guests and taking phone calls from listeners. The core of the radio show’s concept could be seen in all of King’s future programs.
By the late ’80s and ’90s, King had become a household name. That’s mainly due to his next venture when he took his radio show and transferred it to television. CNN’s Larry King Live became a mainstay of nightly TV programming. He hosted the nightly interview show for 25 years, beginning in 1985 until its final episode on Dec. 16, 2010. King’s CNN show is still the network’s most-watched and longest-running TV program. More than one million viewers used to tune in to listen to King and his guests on a nightly basis.
King took a couple of years off, but wasn’t done working and doing what he loved. In 2012, King began hosting Larry King Now, which aired on streaming service Hulu. The show ran until early 2020. However, his other venture Politicking with Larry King, a weekly political talk show, began in 2013 and still ran through most of 2020.
During his almost 70-year career, King would be recognized numerous times for his outstanding work. His accomplishments include two Peabody awards, an Emmy award, and 10 Cable ACE awards.