Larry King, an iconic US television host, has died at the age of 87 in Los Angeles, confirmed Ora Media, a firm co-founded by him.
In a tweet, the firm said that King, who was famous in the world for interviewing political leaders and celebrities, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was being treated for undisclosed illness.
Some US media reports say the talk show host was treated for COVID-19 at hospital earlier this month. However, the official statement does not mention the cause of the death.
During his six-decade long career, King conducted an estimated 50,000 interviews, including US presidents, Dr Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Lady Gaga.
He also hosted the popular CNN talk show Larry King Live for 25 years.
He was married eight time to seven women while he had five children. Two of them died last year.
Ora Media in the statement said, “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”.
King rose to fame in the 1970s when he started his radio programme The Larry King Show, on a commercial network. He launched the CNN show in 1985. During his career, he bagged number of honours, including two Peabody awards.