Longtime CNN host and interview icon, Larry King has passed away at the age of 87. King had recently been hospitalized with COVID-19 in late December at Cedars-Sinai. He battled a number of health issues in recent years, suffered several heart attacks. In 1987, he underwent quintuple bypass surgery, inspiring him to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to provide assistance to those without insurance.

A statement was was posted to his Facebook page announcing his passing. His son, Chance, confirmed King’s death Saturday morning.”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,” the statement said.