Larry King, the iconic talk show host who became famous for his straight forward questions, has died. He was 87 years.
Before his death, he had been a broadcaster hosting and interviewing Presidential candidates, Celebrities and the general public for over half a century.
A statement posted on his official social media pages confirmed his death on the early hours of Saturday. He passed away at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with no stated cause of death.
Below is a quick biography about the man who has interviewed ever US President from Ford to Obama.
1. King was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 19, 1933. He was one of two children of Jennie (Gitlitz), a garment worker, and Aaron Zeiger, a restaurant owner and defense-plant worker.
2. King went to Miami, and after initial setbacks, he gained his first job in radio. The manager of a small station, WAHR (now WMBM) in Miami Beach, hired him to clean up and perform miscellaneous tasks.
3. When one of the station’s announcers abruptly quit, King was put on the air. His first broadcast was on May 1, 1957, working as the disc jockey from 9 a.m. to noon. He also did two afternoon newscasts and a sportscast. He was paid $50 a week.
4. His Real Name Is Lawrence Harvey Zeiger. He acquired the name Larry King when his first general manager claimed that Zeiger was too difficult to remember, so minutes before going on air, Larry chose the surname King, which he got from an advertisement in the Miami Herald for King’s Wholesale Liquor.
5. King has worked for over 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media. His many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.
6. He was married eight times, to seven different women and has five children.