Larry King the suspender-wearing television anchor who interviewed presidents and grilled executives and showbusiness stars from across the world has died at the age of 87.
His death was announced at 1.45 p.m. Lagos Time on his Twitter handle,@kingsthings. He reportedly died in a hospital in Los Angeles
He was known universally for his suspenders rested his Larry King Live programme on CNN in December 2010 when he was 77.
The statement posted on his twitter handle read thus:
“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“For 63 years an across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interview, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster. Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience.
“Whether he was interviewing a U.S. president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage, or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short, direct, and uncomplicated questions. He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief.”
“Larry’s interview form his 25- year run on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live,’ and his Ora Media programs ‘Larry King Now,’ and ‘Politicking with Larry King’ are consistently referenced by media outlets around the world and remain part of the historical record of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
“Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry, Jr., Chance, Cannon and the entire King family.”
“Funeral arrangements and a memorial service will be announced later in coordination with the King family, who ask for privacy at this time.”