US talk show host Larry King dies weeks after testing positive for COVID-19

King’s career spanned more than six decades and is estimated to have covered more than 50,000 interviews.

US talk show host Larry King has died at the age of 87.

The TV star was taken to hospital in Los Angeles in late December after testing positive for coronavirus.

King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Ora Media, the studio and network he co-founded, tweeted. No cause of death was given in the statement.

King, whose career spanned more than six decades and is estimated to have covered more than 50,000 interviews, had Type-2 diabetes and had suffered from lung cancer, angina and heart attacks in recent years.

Former US president Bill Clinton speaks with Larry King on CNN in September 2002
Former US president Bill Clinton speaks with Larry King on CNN in September 2002

During his career, King, hunched over his desk in rolled-up sleeves and braces, quizzed thousands of world leaders, politicians and entertainers.

He became known for an interview-style that ensured the subjects were the true stars of his programs and left himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience.

With Tom Cruise in 2001
With Tom Cruise in 2001

“Whether he was interviewing a US president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage, or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short, direct, and uncomplicated questions.

Celebrities react to Larry King’s death: ‘A true legend gone’

“You understood human triumph and frailty equally well, and that is no easy feat. There was no one else like you, and you shall be missed. Rest with the heavens now,” Takei said on Twitter.

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