The world has lost a legend in Larry King. The iconic television presenter died at the age of 87 on Saturday, and the entertainment world is grieving the tremendous loss.
But to those who knew him best, King was much more than a talented and durable broadcaster. On Saturday evening, King's three sons paid tribute with memories of their "amazing father" and shared what he meant to their lives.
Larry King's sons remember "amazing father" after his death
In a statement shared on Larry King's social media pages, his sons wrote: "We are heartbroken over our father's death, and together with our extended family mourn his passing. The world knew Larry King as a great broadcaster and interviewer, but to us he was 'dad.'
"He was the man who lovingly obsessed over our daily schedules and our well-being, and who took such immense pride in our accomplishments -- large, small, or imagined. And, through it all, we knew without a doubt in the world that he loved us more than life itself. He was an amazing father, and he was fiercely loyal to those lucky enough to call him a friend. We will miss him every single day of our lives.
"The outpouring of love and the remembrances of his remarkable career have touched us deeply and we are so thankful. In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask consideration of a donation to the American Heart Association or the Beverly Hills Fire Department EMS, to which a debt of gratitude is owed for the wonderful care they provided to our dad in his final years," the message concluded, signed "with deep appreciation" by Larry King Jr., Chance King, and Cannon King.
Larry King (1933-2021)
Larry Jr., Chance, and Cannon are King's three surviving children, after he lost both son Andy and daughter Chaia in 2020. Larry Jr., 59, was born to King and his second wife, Annette Kaye, while Chance, 21, and Cannon, 20, were born to King and his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick.
King died on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He'd been hospitalized earlier this month after being diagnosed with COVID-19, but his cause of death has not yet been confirmed. He was 87.