Iconic talk show host Larry King has been hospitalized as the 87-year-old battles Covid-19. It's not clear when King was first diagnosed with the virus, but a source close to the family claims he's been at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for more than a week. Because of health and safety protocols, King's three sons have been unable to visit, and the exact state of King's current condition is unknown.
Launching his career as a journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s, King has been one of television's most recognizable stars for decades. He is perhaps best known for hosting Larry King Live on CNN for 25 years, consistently speaking with every type of major celebrity from presidential candidates to A-list actors. He retired from the show in 2010, but ultimately unwilling to stay home, he was back at it in 2012 when he launched his new show Larry King Now. King also hosts the weekly political talk show Politicking with Larry King.
Behind the scenes, King has faced a lot of health problems over the years. He suffered a major heart attack in 1987 which required quintuple-bypass surgery. He has since undergone annual chest X-rays to monitor his heart, and in 2017, he had a cancerous tumor removed after doctors found it in his lung. He has stents inserted into his heart in 2019, and just one month later, he suffered a stroke, putting him into a coma for weeks.
King has five children from his eight marriages along with four great-grandchildren. Last August, King experienced more tragedy when he lost both of the children he had with ex-wife Alene Akins, with Andy and Chaia dying within weeks of each other; the former was 65 and the latter was 51. At the time, King mourned the loss with a touching post on Instagram.
"It is with sadness and a father's broken heart that I confirm the recent loss of two of my children, Andy King, and Chaia King," Larry wrote. "Both of them were good and kind souls and they will be greatly missed... Losing them feels so out of order. No parent should have to bury a child."
King has been fairly active on Twitter in months past, but he hasn't posted since November. On the 19th, he posted a selfie and thanked his fans for wishing him a happy 87th birthday. His last post was on the 26th, a Happy Thanksgiving tweet posing with two of his sons on the holiday. In another tweet from October, King and his boys wear Dodgers caps as they cheered on the baseball team during the World Series.
It's a bit worrisome that King's been in the hospital for over a week with no word on his condition. Still, as a warrior who's already overcome so much in his life, there's no way King would be going down without a fight. We wish him the very best with his recovery, and here's hoping he'll be able to get out and go home soon. This news comes to us from CNN.