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Larry King dies aged 87: Piers Morgan, Andy Cohen and more pay tribute to TV legend


The stars paid tribute after news of Larry King’s death (Picture: Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Tributes have begun pouring in for legendary presenter Larry King, who died aged 87 on Saturday morning. 

Fellow broadcasters including Piers Morgan and Andy Cohen were among the first to share their condolences after the TV icon’s death

Piers wrote: ‘RIP Larry King, 87. A television legend,’ alongside a photo of the star, later adding: ‘Larry King was a hero of mine until we fell out after I replaced him at CNN & he said my show was ‘like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in your new Bentley.’ (He married 8 times so a mother-in-law expert) But he was a brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer.’

Andy Cohen told his followers: ‘RIP Larry King!!!! I loved the easy breezy format of his CNN show, and his amazing voice,’ while Kay Burley added: ‘RIP broadcast legend Larry King.  He was 87.’

George Takei wrote: ‘Thanks for the countless interviews and insights, Larry King. You understood human triumph and frailty equally well, and that is no easy feat. There was no one else like you, and you shall be missed. Rest with the heavens now.’

The star’s reps confirmed he died in Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, telling fans: ‘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.

‘For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.  

‘Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programmes, and himself merely an unbiased conduit between the guests and audience.

‘Whether he was interviewing a US president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage, or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short, direct, and uncomplicated questions. 

Larry had been on screens for over 63 years (Picture: WireImage)

‘He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief. 

‘Larry’s interviews from his 25-year run on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and his Ora Media programmes “Larry King Now” and Politicking with Larry King” are consistently referenced by media outlets around the world and remain part of the historical record of the late 20th and earliest 21st centuries.

‘Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children, Larry, Jr, Chance, Cannon and the entire King family. Funeral arrangements and a memorial service will be announced later in coordination with the King family, who ask for their privacy at this time.’ 

Larry’s cause of death is yet to be confirmed. 

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