Members of the entertainment industry are paying tribute to Larry King, who passed away Saturday at the age of 87.
Over the weekend, the legendary host’s Twitter page released a statement announcing that King had died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after testing positive for COVID-19.
In an interview with The Post, King’s sixth wife Julia Alexander said the journalist did, in fact, pass away from the coronavirus.
“I talked to him in the hospital this past week, so I knew his time was short,” Alexander said. “He was extremely weak. I just said, ‘Larry, I am thinking about you. Everybody is rooting for you.’ He just couldn’t even talk. He was really very weak.”
After the tragic news broke, several stars, including Ryan Seacrest, Céline Dion and Oprah Winfrey, honored King on social media.
I lost a dear friend and mentor. Truly an American treasure. Rest in peace, Larry King. pic.twitter.com/eQhSYgPqNy— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) January 23, 2021
It was always a treat to sit at your table. And hear your stories. Thank you Larry King. pic.twitter.com/O66uEXeJE4— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 23, 2021
I’m sad to learn about Larry King’s passing.He was such a kind gentleman, and he made all of us feel as though we were speaking with a lifelong friend.There will never be anyone like him, and he will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to his family & friends. Celine xx… pic.twitter.com/NBw0hpCDoj— Celine Dion (@celinedion) January 23, 2021
Larry King was a friend through thick and thin. A masterful interviewer and storyteller. He helped put CNN on the map by making news through the art of dialogue.. May he Rest In Peace.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 23, 2021
When I was a young morning DJ, I listened to Larry King's overnight radio show every night on my way to work. He was one of the greats and I am glad to have known him "Bethesda, Maryland you're on the air..."— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) January 23, 2021
RIP Larry King!!!! I loved the easy breezy format of his CNN show, and his amazing voice.— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 23, 2021
On Saturday, King’s sons, Larry King Jr., Chance King and Cannon King, issued a joint statement about their father’s passing.
“We are heartbroken over our father’s death, and together with our extended family mourn his passing,” they wrote.
Last year, King lost his son Andy, 65, to a heart attack and daughter Chaia, 51, to lung cancer.
Our condolences go out to King’s family and loved ones for their loss.