Larry King, Legendary Journalist and Radio Host, Dies at 87
Larry King’s name is synonymous with CNN, and he was vital to the network’s ascent. Everyone wanted to be on “Larry King Live”.
Larry King understood human triumph and frailty equally well, and discussed it on his show frequently. As an interviewer, Larry was not an “in-your-face” type of a guy. He opened the door with a question and let his guest be the star.
“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,” read a tweet shared on Larry’s Twitter account.
For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s 60,000 interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.
Although a cause of death was not given, Larry’s death comes weeks after his hospitalization due to COVID-19.
Larry was on my radio show as a guest many years ago when he had about 35,000 interviews under his belt and I only had 150. As a new radio broadcaster, I could have felt very intimidated by the difference in our levels of experience, but Larry put me at ease immediately. He told me about the significant hurt he had when his Brooklyn Dodgers left for Los Angeles. He told me about how his mission in life was to raise his 4 boys. I asked Larry with his limited formal education how he became one of the smartest people in the world. He said, “If I am, it’s because I asked more questions than anyone else in the world and I listened to the answers.
During my career so far, I have interviewed and produced shows for 980 authors. I was in the process of getting Larry to do my 1000th show when I heard of his untimely death. I hate the fact that I will not be able to bring to my listening audience another episode of an interview with Larry King. In so many ways he was my mentor.
20 years ago in 2002, Larry and I co-authored a book: “Share Your Mission.” I still have a few copies of that book which is available postage-paid for $20. If you want a copy please send an email to me at email@example.com. When you have a chance, please go over to my free podcast. The link is: www.freedomfrom addiction.libsyn.com. My web site is: www.revwinnhendersonmd.com.