Larry King, television and radio journalism royalty, dies at 87

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Larry King, the radio and television personality whose breezy, conversational interviews with celebrities and newsmakers made him a broadcasting icon for nearly half a century, has died, his TV production company Ora Media said in a statement Saturday.

He was 87.

Over a nearly 60-year career that spanned radio, cable television and the internet, the Brooklyn native estimated that he conducted more than 50,000 interviews — not one of which he prepared for in advance. But that off-the-cuff style, along with his raspy baritone delivery and trademark suspenders, made “Larry King Live” a popular prime-time draw on CNN from 1985 through 2010.

It was a run that helped build the cable news network into a major presence in American living rooms.

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