Larry King, the broadcaster who spent some 63 years interviewing famous guests from Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin to actors and athletes, has passed away at 87, according to a Twitter statement from Ora Media, the production studio and on-demand digital TV network he launched in 2012.
Multiple outlets have reported that King, who died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, had been hospitalized with COVID-19.
King began his career as a DJ in Miami, and then turned to radio, where he had a late-night call-in show on Mutual Broadcasting System. His longest-running program, Larry King Live, debuted on a fledgling CNN in 1985, where he stayed for 25 years. His first guest was the late former governor of New York, Mario Cuomo. Larry King Now launched in 2012 on Ora TV; the streaming video show could also be seen on Hulu and RT America.
The host, who was rarely seen without suspenders, was curious about everyone and everything. His guest list was far ranging and included, controversially, no small number of paranormal enthusiasts. Below, 5 top interviews during his time on Larry King Live.
King spoke Madonna the year she won a Grammy for Best Pop Album for Ray of Light. When he asked about her use of a single name, she explained the reason was pretty much practical: “It means so many things, I thought it was a good stage name.”