Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Larry King (died January 23rd, aged 87)

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Award-winning TV and radio host Larry King died on January 23rd at the age of 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles after getting infected with COVID-19. King’s widow Shawn Southwick told Entertainment Tonight that he had recovered from COVID-19, but died of sepsis as a complication. The death certificate obtained by People also listed sepsis as the immediate cause of death, while also listing two underlying conditions leading to the infection: acute hypoxemic respiratory failure and end-stage renal disease.

King started his career in hosting as a WMBM radio interviewer in the Miami area in the 1950s and 1960s. He then gained prominence in 1978 as host of The Larry King Show, an all-night nationwide call-in radio program heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview TV program Larry King Live on CNN, and went on to host Larry King Now from 2012 to 2020,[11] which aired on Hulu, Ora TV, and RT America. He also hosted Politicking with Larry King, a weekly political talk show that aired on the same three channels from 2013 to 2020. Over his 64-year career, King hosted over 50,000 interviews and won two Peabodys, an Emmy, and 10 Cable ACE Awards.

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