Entertainment Larry King’s Son Larry Jr. Opens Up About His ‘Loyal and Kind’ Dad: ‘He Had an Indomitable Spirit’
Larry King, 87, 'is in Los Angeles hospital with COVID-19'
Larry King, the 87-year-old broadcasting legend best known for his long-running guest interview show on CNN, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, it has been reported. The former Larry King Live host has been hospitalized in Los Angeles, according to Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411.DailyMail.com has sought comment from King's publicist. Southern California has been the site of one of the country’s worst coronavirus case surges.
To millions of viewers and fans,was a TV legend, a straight-shooting host who interviewed countless celebrities and world leaders over a six-decade career — but to his son, Larry King Jr., he was "dad."
"What we can all take away from our father's last time with us was his love of life," King Jr., 59, tells PEOPLE of his father — who, weeks after he was admitted to the hospital — for one of this week's cover stories. "He had an indomitable spirit. Although he lost the battle he beat so many times over the years, we continued to be inspired by his strength."
Larry King Is Moved Out of the ICU After Being Hospitalized in Los Angeles with Coronavirus
The talk show host was admitted to the intensive care unit on New Year's EveKing, 87, remains in a hospital in Los Angeles but is breathing on his own, David Theall, a spokesperson for King's production company Ora Media told the Associated Press on Monday.
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Indeed, King led nothing if not a remarkable — and at times death-defying — life. Joking to PEOPLE in 2020, the host said he'd had "every known malady" in the world, including chronic leukemia, prostate cancer, a heart attack in 1987 and a stroke in 2019.
Last year, he also dealt with the deaths of two of his five children — Andy, 65, and Chaia, 51 — who. "It was devastating to Larry," says a source close to the interviewer. "He loved his children very much." (King also has sons Chance, 21, and Cannon, 20, with ex-wife .)
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It's a sentiment to which King Jr., whose mother was King's, Annette Kaye, wholeheartedly agrees.
"Our dad was always thinking and focused on what we were up to in our lives," he says. "He enjoyed just spending time with us and sharing memories together, especially going to Dodger games. I remember us playing basketball in the front yard of our house. Celebrity tour buses would come around and I think they were caught off guard seeing dad shoot baskets with us. We just loved those moments."
And King's "loyal and kind" spirit went far beyond his family. "He was beyond kind to all those he interacted with," says King Jr. "It didn't matter if the person was a movie star, a political figure or just a person on the street. He was very loyal to those close to him and there was nothing he would not do for them if they needed help."
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The broadcaster reigned on cable news for a quarter-century, giving guests a safe haven to spill their secrets, hype their projects and soften their image. Ora Media, the production company he co-founded, announced his death but did not provide a cause, according to the Associated Press. CNN reported earlier this month that Mr. King was hospitalized for complications from covid-19. The TV host, who was long beset by medical problems, such as diabetes and heart attacks, underwent an operation to remove early-stage lung cancer in 2017 and had a stroke in 2019.
Continues King Jr.: "It was fun introducing him to new friends and watching him basically interview them like he did on the show. He was genuinely interested in people's lives, no matter who they were."
And ultimately, King Jr. says he hopes to carry on the legacy of his father.
"We recognize that we have an incredible opportunity," he says. "We can carry his name on for future generations of our family. His legacy is his selflessness — and his generosity to all people."
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Larry King's family has released a statement after the legendary broadcaster's death on Saturday.King was hospitalized in December after testing positive for COVID-19 where he remained until his death. His official cause of death has not been confirmed as of yet.