When news broke of Larry King's passing on Saturday (January 23), those who had the privilege to know him jumped on social media to share fond memories. Portugal. The Man took to Instagram to pay tribute to the Larry King Live host.
"'What’s different now that you have a hit record?' 'Well, for starters, we’re sitting here talking with you,'" the band captioned a photo from frontman John Gourley and bassist Zach Carothers' 2018 interview with King. "Such a pleasure to be grilled by this legend. Ruthless professionalism and a force in so many ways. Always keep it live."
See their thoughtful post below.
King died Saturday morning at the age of 87. Though no official cause of death has been revealed, the beloved TV personality was recently hospitalized with COVID-19. The news was announced via a message on King's Twitter account, which you can read below:
"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. For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster. Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience. Whether he was interviewing a U.S. president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage, or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short, direct, and uncomplicated questions. He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief. Larry’s interviews from his 25-year-run on CNN’s Larry King Live and his Ora Media programs Larry King Now and Politicking With Larry King are consistently referenced by media outlets around the world and remain part of the historical record of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry Jr., Chance, Cannon and the entire King family."
Photo: Maclay Heriot