Larry King dies at 87

The legendary broadcaster was known for his straight-talk interviews with some of the world’s biggest names.
2:16 | 01/24/21

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Now to the passing of broadcast legend Larry king. Famous for his straight talk interviews with the world's biggest newsmakers. He died in Los Angeles. King had been hospitalized earlier this month while battling covid-19. Tonight, ABC's David Wright with a look at some of those most memorable moments. Reporter: He still holds the guinness world record for longest running TV show hosted by the same person -- Good evening. My name is Larry king, and this is the premier edition of the "Larry king live." Reporter: On the same network in the same time slot. He conducted more than 50,000 interviews. I have no intention of running for president. Reporter: Including pop stars -- We're so excited to welcome lady gaga. Reporter: And culture giants. Darling, good-bye. Good-bye. Reporter: In his shirtsleeves and suspenders behind that microphone, king was an icon himself. Do you like wearing suspenders? Not particularly. No? No. But you wear them in my honor? Yeah. Reporter: King said one of the few people that left him star struck was Frank Sinatra. Why are you here? I'm glad you came. Because you asked me to come, and I haven't seen you in a long time. Reporter: His show didn't feature just celebrities. Montreal, Quebec, hello. Reporter: There were newsmakers too. Los Angeles for president Reporter: His interviews were blunt, no nonsense. Although he was a straight shooter, he shot from the hip. King said he worried overpreparing would make nor bad interviews. You gave it up, right? I did. They didn't cancel you. You canceled them. Reporter: King as habit of winging it made for memorable moments. Do you know who I am? Jewish guy, Brooklyn. Yes. 75 million viewers last episode. Reporter: More than half a century behind the microphone, king had millions of fans, too. Thank you. And instead of good-bye, how about so long? I'd like to be remembered as, one, the man who lived longer than anybody ever lived, because I don't want to leave. And I'd like to be remembered as someone who greatly contributed to the profession he chose to be in. And if he made it a drop better by his being there. Larry king was 87. There's much more ahead on

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