Hank Aaron and Larry King had nothing in common, except for fame in their chosen fields. And now that both are dead, they have a second connection: Covid-19.
Hank Aaron was 86 when he died on January 22 of undisclosed causes. He “passed away in his sleep,” according to a statement from his longtime team, the Atlanta Braves. Aaron is, of course, famous for his 755 career home runs, the tally that broke the decades-old record of legend Babe Ruth. Hank Aaron just got a Covid-19 shot on January 5th, “hoping to send a message to Black Americans that the shots are safe.” (Good for him! There’s been no suggestion that the shot played a role in his death.)
Covid-19, on the other hand, definitely contributed to Larry King’s death. King is best known for his 25 years at the helm of the TV talk show Larry King Live. Late in December he was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles (ER to the stars!) with a case of Covid-19. While no official cause of death was announced, Covid-19 was how he ended up in the hospital in the first place. King had just turned 87 in November.
See our full biographies of Hank Aaron and Larry King.