Legendary broadcaster Larry King has died, aged 87.
King’s official Twitter account confirmed the sad news as Americans woke Saturday morning.
King had contracted coronavirus earlier this year although it was not reported as his cause of death.
“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media Larry’s many thousands of interview awards and global acclaim, stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster,” a statement from Ora Media, his most recent employer, read.
“Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs.”
The former CNN interviewer died at Cedars-Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles.
In 2017, the 87-year-old television host revealed that he had received treatment for lung cancer.
He also suffered a stroke and underwent an angioplasty in 2019. In 1987, King had a major heart attack.
In 2020, King lost two children – his son, Andy, died of a heart attack in July, and his daughter, Chaia, died of lung cancer in August.
King rose to fame in the 1970s with his radio program, The Larry King Show. From 1985 to 2010, King was the host of Larry King Live on CNN.