Veteran talk show host Larry King, 87, ‘in hospital with coronavirus’

Veteran US talk show host Larry King is in hospital with coronavirus, according to US media reports.

King, 87, has been receiving treatment for COVID-19 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for over a week, sources close to his family reportedly told CNN.

The broadcaster is currently in isolation and unable to have any visitors, they added.

King, 87, is unable to have any visitors, reports claim
Image:The 87-year-old is in hospital and unable to have any visitors, reports claim
Madonna shares a laugh with Larry King on the set of the CNN talk show "Larry King Live" in New York City January 18 1999
Image:The talk show host pictured during an interview with Madonna in 1999

King, whose career spans more than six decades, has Type 2 diabetes and has suffered from lung cancer, angina and heart attacks in recent years.

“Larry has fought so many health issues in the last few years and he is fighting this one hard too, he’s a champ,” the source told CNN.

King’s broadcasting fame began in the 1970s with his radio programme The Larry King Show, which he hosted on the network Mutual Broadcasting System.

He then went on to have his own television show, Larry King Live on CNN, between 1985 and 2010, where his guests included politicians, celebritiesm sports stars and well-known conspiracy theorists.

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More recently, King has hosted Larry King Now on US streaming platform Hulu and RT – Russia’s state broadcaster.

King has 2.4 million followers on Twitter, with his most recent tweet posted on 27 November for Thanksgiving. He also posted on 20 November to thank his fans for wishing him a happy 87th birthday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m thankful for my boys and dinner from Craig’s!

— Larry King (@kingsthings) November 27, 2020

Last year, two of King’s five children died within weeks of each other. Andy, 65, suffered a heart attack in late July, while Chaia, 52, died after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

King founded his own charity, the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, in 1988, to help fund the treatment of patients with no medical insurance.

Sky News has contacted a publicist for the presenter for comment on his condition.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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