Journalist Larry King, 87, Hospitalized In ICU With COVID-19
Broadcast journalist, Larry King was put in an ICU at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, where he is currently battling the coronavirus.
The King family said that the 87 year old had already spent 10 days in the hospital after believing that King contracted the virus from a home health care worker.
King hosted Larry King Live for 25 years on CNN but he retired from the show in 2010. Two years later, he came back with Larry King Now on OraTV, a free streaming service.
In a 2019 interview with Extra, the journalist revealed that he suffered a stroke that left him in a coma for weeks. “It’s been a rough year,” he told Extra. “I don’t remember anything since March. I had the stroke in March.”
OraTV also reported that King had a heart attack.
King lost his son, Andy King, 65 to a heart attack and his daughter, Chaia King, 51 to lung cancer. King was married eight times and has three other children who are still alive today.
The Brooklyn-born journalist got his start in the 1950s as a radio DJ before moving up to a syndicated talk show in the 1970s. King has interviewed people from all around the world – world leaders, professional athletes and Hollywood stars. King’s even been impersonated on Saturday Night Live multiple times, by Kevin Nealon in the 1990s and Fred Armisen in the 2010s.
In August, King launched Royal Age, an online education platform aimed at American seniors on information relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
“From my own personal quarantine, I understand how big the need of senior citizens in America is to have their own reliable and safe online platform,” King said in a statement.