Larry King, still undergoing treatment for Covid-19, reportedly moved out of ICU

News that the veteran broadcaster had been hospitalised in California broke on Sunday

Rachel Brodsky
Los Angeles
Monday 04 January 2021 19:34 GMT
Larry King moved out of ICU while hospitalized with Covid-19
Larry King moved out of ICU while hospitalized with Covid-19 (Getty Images)

Larry King was reportedly moved out of the ICU on Sunday (3 January) after being hospitalised with Covid-19 for more than 10 days.

The 87-year-old broadcast giant had been at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after contracting the novel coronavirus, allegedly from a home health worker visiting his home, according to NBC.

King is considered to be at an elevated risk, given his senior status and range of health conditions such as type two diabetes and a history of lung and prostate cancer. He also suffered a heart attack in 1987, resulting in quintuple-bypass surgery.

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One of his sons has also contracted Covid-19, according to a source who spoke to NBC.

Messages of support poured onto social media over the weekend, with CNN's Christaine Amanpour writing, "Get well Larry, I’m pulling for The King."

Political commentator Keith Olbermann wrote, "It’s been easy to kid him but Larry is a loyal friend and his skill at, and knowledge of broadcasting, is limitless. He also treats every small kindness as if it’s the most generous act ever. Prayers."

It’s been a tough few years for the Peabody award-winning journalist. In 2019, King said he had suffered a stroke that put him in a coma for "a couple weeks". "It's been a rough year,"  he told Extra at the time. 

In 2020, King's son Andy King, 65, died of a heart attack, and his daughter Chaia King, 51, died after battling lung cancer. The two died only weeks apart from one another.

In 2019, it was also announced that King was divorcing his seventh wife, Shawn King. The two were married 22 years and share two children, Chance and Cannon.

King retired from CNN in 2010 after hosting Larry King Live for 25 years and has been hosting Ora TV's Larry King Now since 2012. 

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