Monday, June 17, 2024

Exclusive: Prayers for Broadcasting Star Larry King, 87, 10 Days into Battle with COVID at Los Angeles Hospital


Larry King has survived all kinds of health troubles including a heart attack and a stroke.

But now I’m told that the 87 year old broadcasting star of CNN and radio is battling COVID in a famed Los Angeles hospital. His wife of 23 years, Shawn King — yes, they are apparently still legally married, and on very good terms — and their two sons, Chance and Cannon– are not allowed to visit him. But they are in constant contact with the hospital and doctors monitoring Larry’s condition.

This has been a terrible year for King. In 2020, he lost two of his adult children, Andy (who was adopted) and daughter Chaia. Besides Chance and Cannon he still has an older son, Larry Jr.

Even though people who see Larry now in his infomercials, etc may not realize it, Larry was A FORCE to be reckoned with for 20 or 30 years. At one point in the 80s, 90s, and early 00s, Larry’s 9pm CNN show was Ground Zero every night for the most riveting, on topic interview of the day. If something had happened that day with a movie star or singer, they’d been on there that night. Everyone tuned in. His power and reach were unparalleled.

If anyone can beat COVID, it’s Larry. Just give him a bagel with a shmear from Nate n Al’s with some matzoh ball soup. He’ll be back to normal in minutes. God bless, Larry!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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