Larry King has been hospitalized in Los Angeles with COVID-19, media outlets are reporting.
The seemingly indestructible broadcaster, 87, is isolated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to CNN and ABC News. King is not allowed visitors, according to Showbiz411, which first reported the news.
King, a native of Brooklyn, began his career in Miami radio before moving to newspapers and TV.
After working in radio on “The Larry King Show” in the 1970s, King gained fame at CNN, where he hosted “Larry King Live,” retiring from the network in 2012.
King has not quit working, however, continuing to host “Larry King Now” and other projects for Hulu and RT America.
King’s coronavirus diagnosis is the latest of his health ailments.
King, who has type 2 diabetes, suffered a heart attack and had quintuple bypass surgery in 1987. He had a cancerous tumor removed in 2017, and in 2019 he suffered a near-fatal stroke and underwent a heart procedure to insert stents.
In addition to his health issues, King has seen other challenges and heartbreaks.
Last year, King’s 65-year-old son Andy and 51-year-old daughter Chaia died from a heart attack and lung cancer, respectively. King confirmed the deaths, just weeks apart, in a statement.
“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,” he wrote.
Recently, King told People how his stroke affected his views on death, as well as details about his divorce from his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick King. He has been married eight times to seven women.
“I have less of a fear of dying now,” King said. “It is what it is. I just want to keep working until the end. I’d like to die at work – I’ll retire right there!”
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