Larry King, an American journalist and television personality died Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 87, his official Facebook page reported.
"With the deepest sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder and friend Larry King, who died this morning at 87 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles," the release reads.
"The thousands of interviews he has conducted, awards and recognition from audiences around the world are testimony to his unique and enduring talent," he added, emphasizing that King's career in the media spanned 63 years. He ran programs on both radio and television, and later also on internet platforms.
CNN TV reported in early January that the journalist was ill with Covid-19 and was admitted to the hospital for this reason.
King has conducted thousands of interviews with politicians, including world leaders, artists and celebrities, recalls the Reuters agency. For 25 years, from 1985 to 2010, he hosted the talk show "Larry King Live" on CNN. It was one of the station's most popular programs, consisting of interviews, discussions on current events and calls from viewers.
"I ask the best questions I can. I listen to the answers. And it is the audience that draws conclusions. I'm not there to do it myself. I'm just a messenger," King's words from 2007, in which he translated his work, reminded Reuters.
King boasted that he never overly prepared for his interviews and that his non-confrontational style of conversation made his guests feel at ease, the Associated Press recalls. (PAP)