The broadcast industry on Saturday paid tribute to Larry King as news broke of the death of the radio and television personality whose breezy and conversational interviews with celebrities and world leaders made him a broadcasting icon for nearly half a century.
He was aged 87.
The cause of his death was not specified, but he was admitted to hospital earlier this month after contracting Covid-19.
He had also endured health challenges for many years, including a near-fatal stroke in 2019 and diabetes.
He was particularly known for asking short, direct and uncomplicated questions during his many interviews with prominent people across the globe.
He is believed to have conducted more than 50,000 interviews — none of which he prepared for in advance.
CNN President Jeff Zucker credited King’s success in the media industry to “his generosity of spirit that drew the world to him.”
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British presenter Piers Morgan tweeted: “RIP Larry King, 87. A television legend.”
He also described King as a “brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer”.
Jim Acosta wrote: “He will be missed by so many CNN employees past and present. #RIPLarryKing.”
Former Cheers star Kirstie Alley wrote: “RIP Larry King… one of the only talk show hosts who let you talk. Legendary.”
“RIP Larry King!!!!” wrote talk show host Andy Cohen. “I loved the easy breezy format of his CNN show, and his amazing voice.”
British radio host Simon Mayo said: “Very sad news. Icon.”
Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international anchor, wrote: “Larry King was a giant of broadcasting and a master of the TV celebrity/statesman-woman interview.