Broadcasting legend Larry King dies at 87 years old

The King of interviews Larry King dies while being treated for COVID.

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The “King” of interviews Larry King dies while being treated for COVID.

On the morning of Jan. 23, broadcasting legend Larry King passed away. He had been receiving care at Cedars-Sinai in late december after being hospitalized with COVID-19. No cause of death has been provided at the time this article has been published.


King was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn, New York, in 1933. He grew up in a Jewish household and later in life became agnostic. At four years old, King’s father died of a heart attack. King worked to care for his mother for several years following his graduation from Lafayette high school.


In 1957, King started working as a radio DJ in Miami. It wasn’t until the “Larry King Show” began in 1978 that King gained prominence. He was on the show for 25 years before retiring in 2010.


During his time on the talk show, Larry King interviewed people from all walks of life. He interviewed several high profile people including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, LeBron James, Paris Hilton and Margaret Thatcher and every United States President since Gerald Ford. King attributed his interrogating prowess to his insatiable curiosity.


“I like talking to people I’ve never met before,” King said.


Sadly, his life came to an end at the age of 87. His career, having lasted more than 50 years, ended with retirement in 2010. Or so everyone thought. In 2013, he came back into the business to host the interview program, “Larry King Now,” and a new show, “PoliticKing with Larry King.”


“As a journalist, I am inspired by Larry King’s career,” senior business and professional communications major and editor in chief of the Oracle Kelly Stiles said.


King will be missed by people all across the nation, but he will live on through his memory. He may be gone physically, but the standard King left for journalism continues to live through millions of people who benefited from his work.