Larry King hospitalised with Covid-19 in California, report says

Veteran broadcaster has fought string of health issues in recent years

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Saturday 02 January 2021 23:54 GMT
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Larry King has been hospitalised with Covid-19 in California, says a report.

The veteran CNN broadcaster and talk show host, 87, is being treated for coronavirus at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to ABC News.

"Larry has fought so many health issues in the last few years and he is fighting this one hard too, he's a champ," a source close to the family told the network.

Mr King has been treated at the city’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for more than a week, according to CNN.

Mr King, who hosted Larry King Live on CNN for 25 years, and began his media career in radio has suffered a string of medical problems over the years.

In 2017 he announced that he had been treated for lung cancer and he had a major heart attack in 1987.

Mr King also underwent angioplasty in April 2019 and suffered a stroke in 2020.

His hospitalisation, which has lasted more than 10 days, was first reported by Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411 website.

Mr King is in the process of divorcing wife Shawn King, but neither she nor their two sons, Chance and Cannon, can reportedly visit Mr King in the hospital.

The broadcaster lost two children in 2020, son Andy, 65, from a heart attack and daughter Chaia, 51, from lung cancer.

He has a third son, Larry King Jr, from his brief marriage to his second wife, Annette Kaye.

An estimated 20.2 million Americans have now tested positive for Covid and more than 348, 000 have died from the virus.

Mr King’s representatives have not yet commented.

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