Talk show titan Larry King was hospitalized last week and received surgery on his heart, TMZ reports.
Sources have shared with the website that Larry was going to checking himself into the hospital on Thursday (April 25) to get an angiogram, due to difficulty breathing. They reveal that the 85-year-old suffered a heart attack before his scheduled appointment. According to TMZ, Larry was admitted to the hospital where he underwent an angioplasty.
Larry is reportedly in ICU and is expected to be released on Monday (April 29). Sources revealed to People that Larry is “Okay right now” and “doing well.”
“He had an episode with his heart over the weekend and he had an artery opened up and some stents put in,” says the source. “But he’s remarkably strong. His doctors even say they don’t know how he bounces back from everything so quickly.”
This is not the first time Larry has suffered a heart attack. The talk show host has been battling heart disease for over thirty years. In 1987, Larry suffered a major heart attack and had quintuple-bypass surgery. He has been receiving regular check ups on his heart since. In 2017, Larry and his doctors discovered a cancerous tumor on his lung. That tumor was removed successfully.
A rep for Larry confirmed the news in a statement to People.
“On the morning of Thursday, April 23, Larry King was scheduled for an angioplasty. Before his scheduled procedure, he experienced angina and went to the hospital early to be examined. His doctor successfully performed the angioplasty and inserted stents to reopen the previous bypass from 1987. He has been recuperating in the hospital and is scheduled to be released soon. His doctors expect him to make a full recovery. To be clear, and contrary to published reports, his doctors say he did not have a heart attack and he did not go into cardiac arrest.”
We’re wishing Larry well.
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