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Larry King, 87, in hospital with COVID-19, CNN reports

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Larry King attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, in New York. Former CNN talk show host King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a week, the news channel reported Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. CNN reported the 87-year-old King contracted the coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Larry King attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, in New York. Former CNN talk show host King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a week, the news channel reported Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. CNN reported the 87-year-old King contracted the coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) (2017 Invision)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Former CNN interviewer and long time talk-show host Larry King, 87, has COVID-19, the news network reported Sunday according to a source close to the family.

King who turned 87 on Nov. 19, has been hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for more than a week, the source said.

King has Type 2 diabetes and has confronted a series of medical issues over the years, including several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987, according to CNN’s report. In 2017, King revealed he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent surgery. In 2019, he had a procedure for coronary artery disease.

CNN reported that two of his children died last year within two weeks of each other. His son, 65-year-old Andy King, passed away of a heart attack in late July, followed by King’s 52-year-old daughter Chaia King, who died in August after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

King hosted CNN’s “Larry King Live” for 25 years, retiring in 2010 after taping more than 6,000 episodes of the show. But in 2012, he returned to the airwaves to host “Larry King Now,” an on-demand digital network called Ora TV that he co-founded with Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim, according to Forbes magazine.


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