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Broadcasting legend Larry King dies, aged 87

Broadcasting legend Larry King dies, aged 87
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Veteran broadcaster Larry King has died at the age of 87, his family have confirmed.

Veteran broadcaster Larry King has died at the age of 87, his family have confirmed.

The journalist had a career stretching back to the 1950s - most notably, he anchored Larry King Live on CNN for 25 years - and was still active in his final years, presenting a weekly political talk show.

Just before Christmas King was hospitalised with coronavirus but earlier this month was moved out of intensive care, suggesting that he was on the mend.

A statement on his official social media accounts confirmed that King died in the early hours of Saturday morning, however.

It read: "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 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 had been blighted with health problems for decades, undergoing a quintuple heart bypass in 1987, overcoming lung cancer in 2017 and suffering a stroke in 2019.

In 2014 King was interviewed by Jesse Ventura for his podcast series and was asked how he would like to be remembered. He replied: "His life led to more people having information that they didn't have before, and he taught us a lot and we learned a lot and enjoyed it at the same time."

King is survived by three children.

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