Talk show host Larry King has been hospitalized in Los Angeles for more than a week with coronavirus symptoms, according to multiple reports.
King has faced a number of health scares in the past, including a 2017 lung cancer diagnosis, past heart-related procedures and a major 1987 heart attack. He also has Type 2 diabetes.
King’s illness comes at a dire time for Los Angeles hospitals. Struggling to care for a huge influx of COVID-19 patients, hospitals in the area have reported running dangerously low on oxygen supplies as people with the virus frequently struggle to breathe the sicker they become. Making matters worse, intensive care unit capacity around Southern California has hovered around zero for weeks, forcing doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives care.
Since retiring from CNN, King has appeared on the network for occasional programming and also started a streaming talk show, called “Larry King Now,” in 2012.