Veteran show host and broadcaster Larry King has reportedly been hospitalized with COVID-19. The 89-year-old has been kept in confinement with his sons and estranged wife, unable to see him.
Renowned talk show host Larry King is reportedly in the hospital battling COVID-19. A source close to the 87-year-old confirmed this to CNN. The veteran broadcaster has been at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for about ten days.
King has been in confinement at the famed hospital. His sons, Chance, Cannon, and Larry Jr., alongside his estranged wife, Shawn, haven’t been able to see him due to safety protocols.
Larry King at the Starmus Festival on June 21, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images
However, they have been in contact with the hospital, constantly monitoring his condition. Another insider noted that the award-winning television personality is bravely fighting the virus as he has done previous health issues in the past.
2020 was an even more challenging time for the veteran host as he lost two of his children.
Fans may recall that in 2019, “The Larry King Show” host suffered an almost-fatal stroke that left him in a coma for some weeks. Although the incident happened in March, King didn’t speak about it until November during an interview.
He described the experience as rough, noting that he was getting better all over except his left foot. The stroke happened weeks after the show host underwent surgery to place a stent.
Before then, King, who currently has type 2 diabetes, already survived a heart attack in 1987 and had to undergo quintuple bypass surgery. He has had a host of health issues, including lung cancer —which he battled in 2017 — and prostate cancer.
2020 was an even more challenging time for the veteran as he lost two of his children within 23 days of each other. His son Andy passed away from a heart attack at 65 on July 28, and his daughter Chaia died from lung cancer at 51.
The television host announced their devastating demise and mourned the loss of his children in a tear-jerking Facebook post, writing:
“Losing them feels so out of order. No parent should have to bury a child."
King welcomed Chaia from his marriage to Alene Akins and adopted Andy, Akins’ son from her previous relationship. King and Akins were married for 11 years before their eventual divorce in 1972.