Veteran TV host Larry King, 87, hospitalised with COVID-19

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
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TV star Larry King has been hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19.

He is being treated at a Los Angeles hospital according to the star's former employer CNN.

Television star Larry King
Television star Larry King has been hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19. Photo: Getty

An unidentified family member told the broadcaster the 87-year-old has been at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre for over a week.

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Due to the pandemic, Larry's family has been unable to visit him.

Larry, who has Type 2 Diabetes, has faced several medical issues over the years including several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987.

Larry King poses in black suit on red carpet
An unidentified family member told CNN the 87-year-old has been at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre for over a week. Photo: Getty

In 2017, the host revealed he was diagnosed with lung cancer and successfully underwent surgery to remove it. Two years later, he underwent a procedure to address angina.

Having been through his own medical issues, Larry was inspired to start the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, a non-profit that aims to help those who cannot afford medical care.

Larry hosted CNN's Larry King Live for 25 years and has interviewed many influential people including presidential candidates, athletes, celebrities and more.

Larry King Live
Larry hosted CNN's Larry King Live for 25 years and has interviewed many influential people including presidential candidates, athletes, celebrities and more. Photo: Getty

In 2010 he retired from the show after presenting 6,000 episodes, however, he wasn't able to sit still for long and in 2012, he began hosting Larry King Now on Ora TV, an on-demand digital network he co-founded.

Larry suffered two tragedies in 2020 when two of his adult children died within just weeks of each other. His son, Andy King, 65, died of a heart attack in July and his daughter, Chaia King, 52, died in August after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

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