Larry King, the Brooklyn-bred man who became cable TV’s most well-known talk-show host, died earlier today (January 23rd). He was 87.

Toward the latter part of 2020, the media legend has hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with COVID-19. Though he initially showed promising signs of recovery – as he did with multiple other ailments throughout his life – this time, King succumbed to the deadly virus.

Over the course of his career, by his count, King mingled with 60,000+ people in a myriad of ways, from his own show, to Larry King Now, a daily talk show on Hulu from Ora TV, to having an active presence on Twitter. Some of Larry’s biggest interviews include larger than life musicans including Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Lady Gaga, Prince, Stevie Wonder, and many more.

The author of several books, King started his career in Miami radio before moving on to TV and newspapers. His nightly CNN program, which premiered in 1985, remained the network’s top-rated show throughout his tenure, which ended in 2010. “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,” the Carlos Slim-owned Ora Media stated. He has been, and will remain an icon in the media world for many generations to come.

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