Hollywood is remembering veteran journalist and talk show host Larry King who has passed away at the age of 87.
The sad news was announced by his company, Ora Media, on Twitter.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 23, 2021
“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster,” the statement reads.
Larry had been hospitalised with COVID-19 in late December last year, but his cause of death hasn’t been revealed.
Talk show hosts, actors, musicians and other journalists are flooding social media with praise for the man who inspired them… or just made them feel like a friend:
It was always a treat to sit at your table. And hear your stories. Thank you Larry King. pic.twitter.com/O66uEXeJE4
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 23, 2021
— Madonna (@Madonna) January 24, 2021
RIP Larry king –
Luck to have worked with him on a film & was interviews by him – a very nice thoughtful man – who was in on the joke
About his Larry kingness-
— John Cusack (@johncusack) January 24, 2021
Loved listening to Larry King on the radio growing up, late at night. Remember being so excited when he interviewed my parents. A real institution. #RIPLarryKing
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) January 23, 2021
LARRY KING. A broadcasting icon who interviewed world leaders & celebrities the same as everyday people: with curiosity, humor & fairness. Rest well, Mr. King. There will never be another quite like you. My heart goes out to your family & loved ones.
Clip: Larry King Now, 2015 pic.twitter.com/Eqfcn04a5W
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) January 24, 2021
— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) January 24, 2021
Larry King was a pioneer. We all lost an icon and I lost a friend. His support over the last 25 years went so far beyond on air. I’ll miss our private talks, his great sense of humor, and his never ending curiosity. Rest well my friend. We have you and your family in our prayers. pic.twitter.com/rwHiKUfsDY
— Dr. Phil (@DrPhil) January 23, 2021
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) January 23, 2021
I’m sad to learn about Larry King’s passing.He was such a kind gentleman, and he made all of us feel as though we were speaking with a lifelong friend.There will never be anyone like him, and he will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to his family & friends. Celine xx… pic.twitter.com/NBw0hpCDoj
— Celine Dion (@celinedion) January 23, 2021
Larry King’s sons, Larry Jr, Chance and Cannon, have also released a statement which reads:
“The world knew Larry King as a great broadcaster and interviewer, but to us he was ‘dad’. He was the man who lovingly obsessed over our daily schedules and our well-being, and who took immense pride in our accomplishments — large, small or imagined. And through it all, we knew without a doubt in the world that he loved us more than life itself.”
They continue to describe how much they’ll miss him every day of their lives and thank everyone for their “outpouring of love and remembrances of his remarkable career.”
They ask anyone thinking of sending flowers, to make a donation to the American Heart Association or the Beverly Hills Fire Department EMS instead “to which a debt of gratitude is owed for the wonderful care they provided to our dad in his final years.”
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