The iconic talk show host Larry King passed away Saturday morning at a Los Angeles hospital weeks after contacting the coronavirus.
The 87-year-old, born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Jan. 2 after displaying Covid symptoms.
“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” a statement read Saturday.
The award-winning TV host got his first on-air show in the 50s. Since, he hosted numerous programs on national radio and TV channels until his passing.
“I never thought I’d be 86,” he said last year. “My father died when he was 43, 44. I thought I would die too. I have no complaints.”
“Everything that’s happened to me, I’m grateful for. Maybe that sounds cliché, but I’m really, really grateful.”
King survived many health ordeals throughout his years including a heart attack, a stroke that left him unable to walk on the left foot, and cancer.