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Television legend Larry King, giant of American broadcasting, has died at the age of 87 in Los Angeles.

He died today at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to Ora Media, a production company he co-founded.

During his six-decade career, which included 25 years hosting his own CNN program, King interviewed many famous political leaders, celebrities and sports people.

He was treated in hospital for Covid-19 this month, US media say.

Television legend Larry King.

The talk show host had faced several health problems in recent years, including heart attacks.

King rose to fame in the 1970s with his radio program The Larry King Show, on the commercial network Mutual Broadcasting System.

He was then the host of Larry King Live on CNN, between 1985 and 2010, holding interviews with a host of guests.

He also wrote a column for the USA Today newspaper for over 20 years.

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Most recently, King hosted another program, Larry King Now, broadcast on Hulu and RT, Russia’s state-controlled international broadcaster.

King was born Lawrence Leibel Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn, New York City to immigrant parents.

His father was from Austria and his mother was from Belarus.

Both parents were Orthodox Jews.

Larry King has been married eight times.

His wives include:

Freda Miller (1952–1953)
Annette Kaye (1961)
Alene Akins (1961–1963)
Mickey Sutphin (1963–1967)
Alene Akins (1967–1972)
Sharon Lepore (1976–1983)
Julie Alexander (1989–1992)
Shawn Southwick (since 1997)

May his soul rest in peace.

 

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