WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- News star Larry King contracted COVID-19 and is still in isolation.
- King has endured a lot of health scares in the past.
- In 1987, he survived a heart attack, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. In 2019, the host suffered an almost-fatal stroke weeks after having a heart surgery.
Long-time news anchor Larry King is in the hospital for contracting COVID-19, CNN and Roger Friedman’s Showbiz411 reported on Saturday.
Still in isolation, the 87-year-old host has been sick for 10 days and cannot be visited by ex-wife Shawn King, whom he divorced in 2019, or their two sons, Cannon and Chance King.
In 1987, The Larry King Now host survived a heart attack, prostate cancer, and lunch cancer. In May 2019, he suffered an almost-fatal stroke weeks after having a heart surgery to place a stent.
“Larry has fought so many health issues in the last few years and he is fighting this one hard too, he’s a champ,” a source close to the King family told ABC News.
In February last year, King told PEOPLE that he had less fear of dying after bearing a lot of health problems. “I’m 86 and 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!” he said.
The US news star added. “And I’m a good father — nothing beats parenthood. There’s an element of pinching myself every day. Look at what I’ve come through. All in all if you look at it, I’ve had a blessed life.”
Around mid-2020, King lost two of his children Andy and Chaia due to a heart attack at age 65 and lung cancer at age 51, respectively. The deaths took place only within 23 days.
Chaia was King’s daughter with ex-wife Alene Akins, while Andy was Akins’ son from a previous relationship, whom he adopted after they got married in 1961.
“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. Both of them were good and kind souls and they will be greatly missed,” King wrote on Facebook in August.
“Losing them feels so out of order. No parent should have to bury a child,” he continued. “My family and I thank you for your outpouring of kind sentiments and well wishes. In this moment, we need a little time and privacy to heal. I thank you for respecting that.”
The star also had a son, Larry King Jr., with another ex-wife Annette Kaye.
King’s fame began when he started hosting the radio program The Larry King Show which ran from 1978 to 1994. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted Larry King Live on CNN.
A representative of King did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s recent request for comment regarding the host’s COVID-19 condition.