One of the giants of American broadcasting, Larry King, has died at the age of 87 in Los Angeles. He died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the city earlier on Saturday.

During his six-decade career, which included 25 years hosting his own CNN programme, King interviewed many famous political leaders, celebrities and sports people.

US media reports say he was treated in hospital for COVID-19 earlier this month.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo

“Larry King was a Brooklyn boy who become a newsman who interviewed the newsmakers. He conducted over 50 000 interviews that informed Americans in a clear and plain way. New York sends condolences to his family and many friends.”

National Political Correspondent Steve Kornacki

“Larry King was a radio and TV legend with an insatiable curiosity about people and a real sense of humor. He could get anyone talking, from Hollywood stars to the guy on the corner. In the 1990s, Larry King Live even became the most important show in American politics. RIP.”

Actor Kirstie Alley

“RIP Larry King.. one of the only talk show hosts who let you talk. Legendary.”

ITV Presenter Piers Morgan

“Larry King was a hero of mine until we fell out after I replaced him at CNN & he said my show was ‘like watching your mother-in-law go over a cliff in your new Bentley.’ (He married eight times so a mother-in-law expert) But he was a brilliant broadcaster & masterful TV interviewer.”