— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 23, 2021
Larry King, one of the most famous American media figures, has passed away. His company, Aura Media, did not specify the cause of death in a statement. Still, the American network, CNN, where he worked for a long time, announced earlier this month that Larry King had contracted the virus. The new Corona is being treated in a Los Angeles hospital.
Aura Media called Larry King in the statement posted on the official Twitter account of this American TV star. “With great sadness, Aura Media announces the death of its co-founder and friend Larry King, at the age of 87, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” the statement reads.
The statement pointed out that “the thousands of interviews conducted by Larry King, the awards he won, and the global recognition he received over the 63 years he spent in radio, television and digital media are evidence of his unique talent as a journalist.”
In Moscow, the Kremlin reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Larry King had conducted several interviews, paid tribute to the late and praised the “great professionalism” he enjoyed.
Larry King is considered one of the most prominent figures in the history of television in the United States, known for his wrapped shirt sleeves, the multi-colored ties he wore, suspenders, and large glasses. For 25 years, he presented the “Larry King Live” program.
He interviewed all American presidents since 1974 and some of the most prominent world leaders, such as the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and famous people and stars like Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, and Barbara Streisand.
Larry King left CNN in 2010. He continued to conduct interviews and was posting them on his website.
In 2012 he launched “Larry King Now” on the online video-on-demand channel “Aura TV” that he co-founded. In 2013, the revival of the “Politics with Larry King” program began.
At the height of his fame, King faced criticism for not being adequately prepared for interviews and asking straightforward questions. The late announcer responded by admitting that he was not used to extensive preparation to learn from his viewers’ dialogue.
He added that he did not want to be seen as a journalist. “I ask my best questions, listen to the answers, and try to follow up, hoping that the viewer will conclude,” he said.
King married singer Sean Southwick eight times, twenty-six years his junior, and had five children, two of whom died.
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