Larry King tributes latest – Celebrities pay respects as US talk show host dies

Larry King tributes latest – Celebrities pay respects as US talk show host dies

January 23, 2021

LARRY King, the legendary American television and radio host, has died at the age of 87.

King pass away this this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after receiving treatment for coronavirus.

The tragic news was announced on Larry's official Twitter page today. King was hospitalised shortly before Christmas after testing positive for coronavirus.

A statement from his representatives said: "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.

"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.

"Additionally while it was his name appearing in the shows' titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience."

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  • Joseph Gamp

    ACTOR KIRSTIE ALLEY CALLS LARRY KING 'LEGENDARY'

    “RIP Larry King. one of the only talk show hosts who let you talk. Legendary.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO CREDITS LARRY KING'S 'CLEAR' INTERVIEW STYLE

    “Larry King was a Brooklyn boy who become a newsman who interviewed the newsmakers.

    “He conducted over 50,000 interviews that informed Americans in a clear and plain way.

    “New York sends condolences to his family and many friends.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    HOW DID LARRY KING DIE?

    The chat show legend passed away on Saturday morning (January 23, 2020) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after receiving treatment for coronavirus.

    King, a broadcasting legend known for his long-running visitor interview presentation in CNN, has had a bout of health risks in the past.

    King had also sufferedheart attack, prostate and lung cancer, and Type Two diabetes, and most recently suffered a stroke this year.

    The tragic news of Larry's passing was announced on Larry's official Twitter page.

    The exact cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHO DID LARRY KING INTERVIEW DURING HIS CAREER?

    The list of high profile celebrities to have been probed by King wad endless.

    Some of the biggest names from the 60,000 interview subjects include

    • The Dalai Lama
    • Barack Obama,
    • John F. Kennedy
    • Vladimir Putin
    • Donald Trump
    • Bill and Hillary Clinton
    • Prince
    • Lady Gaga
    • Elizabeth Taylor
    • Frank Sinatra
    • LeBron James

    'MASTER OF THE TV INTERVIEW'

    CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour has posted a remembrance of Larry King.

    Amanpour called King “a giant of broadcasting” whose “name is synonymous with CNN.”

    She wrote: “Larry King was a giant of broadcasting and a master of the TV celebrity/statesman-woman interview.”

    “His name is synonymous with CNN and he was vital to the network’s ascent. EVERYONE wanted to be on Larry King Live. May he Rest in Peace.”

    BILL CLINTON: FAREWELL, MY FRIEND

    Former President Bill Clinton has ‘farewelled his friend’ Larry King, following the news of his death.

    Clinton wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo taken during one of his interviews with King:

    “I enjoyed my 20+ interviews with Larry King over the years. He had a great sense of humor 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.”

    LARRY KING’S FAMILY

    As well as being a television legend, Larry King was well known for his string of high-profile romances and marriages – eight in total to seven different women.

    King fathered five children, had nine grandchildren, as well as four great-grandchildren. 

    He was last married to Shawn Southwick, 26 years his junior. They shared two sons, Chance, 21, and Cannon, 20. 

    The marriage was King's longest, spanning 22 years until the couple's split in 2019.  

    WHEN WAS KING HOSPITALIZED?

    Larry King’s death has come three weeks after it was revealed he had been hospitalized with coronavirus.

    King was reported to have been transferred out of the ICU on January 4, but had remained in hospital for treatment.    

    It is understood the television legend contracted the virus from a health care worker visiting his home, a source told NBC.

    One of his sons, who has not been named, has also tested positive, they said.

    No cause of death is yet to be reported.

    KEITH OLBERMANN POSTS LENGTHY TRIBUTE

    Sports journalist Keith Olbermann has paid a lengthy tribute to his late friend, Larry King.

    Olbermann wrote a twelve-tweet long thread to Twitter, which began with: “My friend Larry King has died. It is literally true that thousands of us can make that sad statement this morning.”

    “While he was easily caricatured, I’ve never known anybody who made a bigger deal out of the slightest kindness afforded him.”

    • Elizabeth Little

      PUTIN 'APPRECIATED KING'S JOURNALISTIC AUTHORITY'

      In his recent years, Larry King hosted programme ‘Larry King Now’ which was broadcast on Hulu and RT, Russia's state-controlled international broadcaster.

      A Kremlin spokesman was quoted as saying by state RIA Novosti news agency: “King repeatedly interviewed Putin. The president has always appreciated his great professionalism and unquestioned journalistic authority.”

    • Elizabeth Little

      'RADIO, TELEVISION, DIGITAL NEWS LEGEND'

      Comedic and filmmaker, Adam Smith has shared a heartfelt tribute to Larry King.

      Posting a photo with the late television icon, Smith wrote:

      “RIP to radio/TV/digital news legend @kingsthings. It was an honor to watch you do your thing, both on @CNN and in person. My Dad always asked me 'Did you see who Larry King talked to last night?' Would’ve blown his mind to know that, one day, it would be his son. Thanks for that.”

    • Elizabeth Little

      MORGAN REMEMBERS 'HERO' KING

      Good Morning Britain presenter, Piers Morgan has paid tribute to “brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer” Larry King.

      Posting a tribute to Twitter, Morgan reflected on the man who was the thought of as a “hero” – before having an infamous falling out, when he replaced King at BBC.

      Morgan wrote:“Larry King was a hero of mine until we fell out after I replaced him at CNN & he said my show was ‘like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in your new Bentley.’ (He married 8 times so a mother-in-law expert) But he was a brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer.”

    • Chris Bradford

      'HE JUST WANTED TO SAY WHAT A BIG FAN HE WAS'

      In a moving tribute, ESPN sportscaster Linda Cohn said: “I met Larry King years ago while playing the role of tourist in Beverly Hills.

      “I heard someone call my name. It was Larry. He just wanted to tell me what a big fan he was. We stood on the street talking sports. I forget many things. I’ll never forget that.”

    • Chris Bradford

      'THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEARLESSNESS'

      Singer and 2008 Grammy Award winner Siedah Garratt has hailed journalist Larry King for his “fearlessness”.

      She tweeted: “Such sad news to wake up to. RIP Larry King. Some people just touch your life in special ways. Thank you, Larry, for your fearlessness in raising our awareness.”

    • Chris Bradford

      'KING OF BROADCASTING'

      13WHAM anchor and presenter Michael Schwartz tweeted: “We lost too many incredible people this week. RIP to a King of broadcasting.”

    • Chris Bradford

      'INCLUSIVE OF ALL SIDES'

      Paying her respects, conservative radio host Dana Loesch said: “RIP Larry King. He was one of the first programs I joined regularly when starting out and was always polite and inclusive of all sides. Condolences to his family.”

      'The Rubin Report' host Dave Rubin tweeted: “So sad to hear about the passing of my friend, my mentor and my bonus grandfather. There’s only one true King of interviewing and it was Larry King.” 

      'Watch What Happens Live' host Andy Cohen wrote: “RIP Larry King!!!! I loved the easy breezy format of his CNN show, and his amazing voice.”

    • Chris Bradford

      'AN ABSOLUTE ICON'

      CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez said: “Rest In Peace to an absolute icon in the broadcasting industry. Larry King was a part of so many huge moments you can’t even begin to process. He was 87 years old.”

      Sports commentator Keith Olbermann said: “My friend Larry King has died.

      “It is literally true that thousands of us can make that sad statement this morning.

      “While he was easily caricatured, I’ve never known anybody who made a bigger deal out of the slightest kindness afforded him.”

      British radio host Simon Mayo wrote: “Very sad news. Icon.”

    • Chris Bradford

      'INQUISITIVE IN A WAY THAT'S CARING'

      Sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein tweeted: “One of the most important things I learned from Larry King is that you don’t have to interrogate to ask the tough question. You can be inquisitive… in a way, caring. This takes away the defensiveness. Allows people to speak openly.

      “You will be missed, sir. riplarryking

    • Chris Bradford

      'GOD BLESS HIM'

    • Chris Bradford

      'A GLUE THAT HELD THINGS TOGETHER'

      Activist Marianne Williamson said: The Larry King show was a glue that helped hold things together. “I wonder who’s on Larry King tonight?” didn’t have a Left or Right feel; the show was a smart, non-contentious family conversation we had each night.

      “Was on it several times and he was great. He set a high bar. RIP

    • Chris Bradford

      FOND MEMORIES

      Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich has tweeted: “Larry King was a legendary radio and tv pioneer.

      “I always loved doing his tv shows and occasionally he would ask me to guest host while he was on vacation.

      “One with Jack Hanna and animals from the Columbus Zoo remains a favorite. Larry will be missed but he left fond memories.”

    • Chris Bradford

      'WORLD FAR LESS INTERESTING'

      Meghan McCain has hailed the legacy of journalist Larry King.

      In a moving tribute posted on Instagram, she said: “There are “friends” in this industry and then there are real friends for whom I can count on one hand. Larry was one of those people.

      “From the beginning of my career when I first appeared on his show when I was 23 and no one took me seriously, he gave me a platform, opportunities, guidance, support and always treated me with the upmost respect. He did so throughout my entire career.

      “When I lived in Los Angeles I was on his show more times than I can count and and had the privilege of filling in for him when he was on vacation and was part of his 2012 live election coverage.

      “He gave the best career advice, had the most acerbic sense of humor, was a constant gentleman and more innately curious about his subjects than any other interviewer I’ve ever seen.”

      She added: “He loved his job, he loved people, he loved talking, he was incredibly generous with his time.

      “He was old school – one of the best parts of going on his show was that it was an entire experience – he would entertain us in the green room, have food and drinks and hang out long after taping was finished and share hilarious, colorful stories from his life in a way only men of his generation can.

      “I am grateful for the years of friendship and all of the stories you shared with Larry. You are an institution, a broadcast legend, will never be replaced and truly missed. TV is less interesting without you. Prayers and light to the entire King family today.”

    • Chris Bradford

    • Chris Bradford

      Author and journalist Frank Girardot has tweeted: “How many late nights behind the wheel on lost and lonely roads across America were made better by a fascinating Larry King interview? riplarryking

    • Chris Bradford

      'FUN MEMORIES'

      Actress Jillian Barberie has shared a past memory of Larry King as she paid tribute to the renowned journalist and radio host.

      She tweeted: “riplarryking I have a fun memory of Larry. We used to have NFL dinners at a steakhouse private room Howie Long Jimmy Johnson Chris Collinsworth & team. Larry King dropped in & regaled us with great stories.

      “He turned to me and said “you’re a pistol” which is what Regis called me.”

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