Larry King, the legendary American television and radio broadcaster, has died, his media company announced on Saturday.
King died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the age of 87, according to Ora Media, a production company he co-founded.
A statement was posted on his verified Facebook announcing his passing.
“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” the statement said.
“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.”
Ora Media did not state a cause of death but media reports said the TV and radio host had been battling COVID-19 for weeks and had suffered several health problems in recent years.
He rose to fame in the 1970s with his radio programme The Larry King Show, on the commercial network Mutual Broadcasting System.
He was then the host of Larry King Live on CNN, between 1985 and 2010, holding interviews with a host of guests, including famous political leaders, celebrities and sports people.
He also wrote a column for the USA Today newspaper for over 20 years.
Most recently, King hosted another programme, Larry King Now, broadcast on Hulu and RT, Russia’s state-controlled international broadcaster.