(CNN) – Legendary talk show host and former CNN interviewer Larry King has COVID-19, according to a source close to the family.
King, 87, has been hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for more than a week, the source said. Due to protocols in the hospital, the king’s three sons could not visit him, according to the source.
King, who has type 2 diabetes, has faced a number of medical problems over the years, including multiple heart attacks and five-fold bypass surgery in 1987. In 2017, King announced he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and had successful surgery to treat it. He underwent a procedure for angina in 2019.
His own medical problems inspired him to start the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at helping people without health insurance get medical care.
King hosted CNN’s Larry King Live for 25 years interviewing presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars and everyday people. He retired in 2010 after recording more than 6,000 episodes of the show.
But he couldn’t stay away from the air waves for long.
In 2012 he hosted “Larry King Now,” a three-times-a-week program on Ora TV, an on-demand digital network that, according to Forbes, he founded with Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim.
Last year, two adult children of King died within weeks. His son, 65-year-old Andy King, died of a heart attack in late July, followed by King’s 52-year-old daughter, Chaia King, who died shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer in August.
King’s Twitter feed, @kingsthings, has 2.4 million followers. His last tweet was on November 26th when he wished his followers a happy Thanksgiving.
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