Broadcasting legend Larry King, 87, dies of COVID-19


Broadcasting legend Larry King, 87, who had been hospitalized in Los Angeles with COVID-19, is dead.

King, who spent more than 60 years in the spotlight, died on Saturday morning.

“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at the age of 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” the company tweeted.

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Larry King had receiving treatment in a Los Angeles hospital and was in isolation and unable to receive visit from his wife Shawn King.

King was hospitalized in 2019 for chest pain and underwent blood flow surgery. He had survived a heart attack and a stroke in the past.

King lost his son, Andy, in 2020, to a heart attack, and his daughter Chaia, who died from lung cancer just weeks apart.

King radio program The Larry King Show, ran from 1978 to 1984. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted Larry King Live on CNN.


Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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