Washington: Legendary American talk-show host Larry King is recovering in a hospital after undergoing a procedure to address chest pain, a condition medically known as angina.
As reported by Ora TV and cited by CNN, Larry, 85, had been scheduled for an angioplasty but visited the hospital early last Thursday to be examined for chest pain, said the statement, issued on Monday.
“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,” it said.
Larry has had several heart attacks earlier and in 1987, he underwent quintuple bypass surgery. His medical issues led him to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, a non-profit institution dedicated to helping those who do not have health insurance.
Larry began his long broadcasting career in the late 1950s as a radio deejay in Miami.
In January 1978, he launched “The Larry King Show,” a late-night radio talk show, which later won a Peabody Award.
His TV show, “Larry King Live,” was premiered on CNN in 1985. Over the course of more than 6,000 episodes, he interviewed several prominent personalities including presidential candidates, death row inmates and Hollywood stars, wearing his large eyeglasses and trademark suspenders until his retirement in 2010.
The TV host also received a lifetime achievement award at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York in 2011. He came out of retirement in 2013 to host “Larry King Now” on the Russian-owned news channel network RT America. He currently hosts “Larry King Now” and “PoliticKING with Larry King” on Ora TV.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017 and underwent successful surgery to treat it.