King died that morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he had been hospitalized for COVID-19 since December. "I never thought I'd be 86", King told Page Six at the time. "Must be doing something right".
His death comes after years of health problems that plagued the star over the years including battles with lung and prostate cancer.
During the 1950s and 1960s, he rose through the ranks of local broadcasting and by 1978 gained nationwide prominence as host of an all-night call-in radio programme called The Larry King Show, before moving to CNN.
King's interviews ranged from celebrities like Lady Gaga, Marlon Brando, Hugh Grant, Jerry Seinfeld and Snoop Dogg to people in the news like Tammy Faye Messner John F. Kennedy Jr., Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. "I have no other memory of any other wish".
King also appeared as himself in a variety of TV shows, including The Simpsons, The Larry Sanders Show, Murphy Brown, Spin City, The Practice, Boston Legal, Ugly Betty, and American Crime Story. It was one of CNN's highest rated shows.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer offered his deepest condolences to King's family, adding that he hopes King will "rest in peace". Putin is in NY for the United Nations Millennium Summit.
With his trademark suspenders and iconic voice, King spent over 60 years in the spotlight. "If I make it to 2020, that would be eight decades". I don't feel 83.
"He wanted to go out with a clean slate in his mind and ask the interviewee questions off the top of his head, questions like - anyone who met that person on the street would want to know", she continued.
In his lifetime, King conducted more than 30,000 interviews with big names from around the world. The two discussed a range of topics, from the 2000 presidential election in the USA, to the Kursk submarine disaster, U.S. plans for missile defence, Putin's past as a KGB officer, and Russia's uncertain economic future. Rest in peace, Larry King.
In a career that spanned half a century, King became one of the most famous talk show hosts and opinion shapers in the world with his breezy, rarely confrontational style of banter, leading his guests this way and that, wherever his curiosity took him.
We're sad to report that Larry King has passed away at the age of 87.
In this book, the television host talks about his exciting run at CNN, while giving glimpses of his own life behind the scenes.
"I've never learned anything", King was fond of saying, "while I was talking". "And instead of goodbye, how about so long".