Larry King Obituary

Larry King, the legendary television and radio host has died.

Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on November 19, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, King began his career in broadcasting in the 1950s, working as a disc jockey and news anchor for local radio stations. He gained national attention in the 1970s when he began hosting a nationally syndicated radio talk show, “The Larry King Show,” which aired for over 25 years and became one of the most popular talk shows in the country.

King’s success on radio led to numerous television opportunities, and he went on to host several television talk shows over the course of his career, including “Larry King Live,” which aired on CNN from 1985 to 2010. King’s interviewing style, which was characterized by his trademark suspenders and non-confrontational approach, made him a beloved and trusted figure in the world of journalism.

Over the course of his career, King interviewed countless notable figures from politics, entertainment, and beyond, including presidents, celebrities, and world leaders. He was known for his ability to get his guests to open up and share personal stories and insights, making his interviews must-see television for millions of viewers.

Off-screen, King was known for his philanthropic efforts, particularly in the areas of heart disease and organ donation. He founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 1988, which has provided funding for life-saving heart surgeries for people in need.

King’s passing has been mourned by his colleagues, friends, and fans around the world. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who guest-hosted “Larry King Live” on several occasions, paid tribute to King on social media, writing, “Larry King was a giant of broadcasting and a master of the TV interview. His name is synonymous with CNN and he was vital to the network’s ascent. EVERYONE wanted to be on Larry King Live.”

King’s legacy as a broadcasting icon and a pioneer of the talk show format will endure for generations to come. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten.