Famous American journalist Larry King has contracted COVID-19 and has been hospitalized for more than a week in Los Angeles, CNN, the American television station on which he served for 25 years, announced on Saturday.
Larry King, 87, has been admitted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, according to “a source close to the family,” CNN said.
The journalist suffers from type 2 diabetes and has experienced a number of medical problems, including several heart attacks, lung cancer and angina, a disease caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.
He is one of the most influential figures in the history of American television, known for his rolled up shirt sleeves, multicolored ties, suspenders and large glasses.
He presented the show for 25 years Larry King Live. He has interviewed all US presidents since 1974 and leaders such as Palestinian Yasser Arafat or Russian Vladimir Putin, as well as stars like Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando or Barbra Streisand.
Larry King left CNN in 2010. He then continued to interview, aired on his site, and in 2012 launched the show Larry king now on Ora TV, an on-demand internet channel he co-founded. In 2013, he started hosting the show Politicking with Larry King.