The television industry is mourning the loss of Michael King today, after the mogul sadly died on Wednesday, May 27 at age 66.
Michael, known for creating hit shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil and The Rachael Ray Show, among others, was admitted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center’s ICU three weeks ago after falling ill with pneumonia. He was taken off life support yesterday, TMZ reported.
Michael and his wife, Jena, in June 2006.
The businessman and his brother, Roger King, previously inherited their father’s media conglomerate, King World Productions, which brought Oprah Winfrey‘s daytime talk show to the air in 1986. The King brothers later teamed up with Harpo Productions to create Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray in 2002 and 2006, respectively.
Michael and his sibling additionally obtained the rights to produce game shows Jeopardy, Hollywood Squares and Wheel of Fortune.
He is survived by his wife Jena and his children, Ali, 21, Teddy, 18, Audrey, 17 and Jesse, 4.