Legendary TV and radio host Larry King has issued a statement after reports broke on Monday (April 29) that he had a heart attack last week and went into cardiac arrest. Several sources reported Larry, 85, had been rushed to hospital on Thursday (April 25) and had an angioplasty.
According to a statement from Ora TV posted to Larry’s Twitter account, he didn’t have a heart attack, but instead experienced angina and went to hospital before the angioplasty he already had scheduled on Thursday. He’s since had the operation and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery, the tweet says.
Ora TV statement on recent reports about Larry King’s health: pic.twitter.com/kmyALOGNiN
— Larry King (@kingsthings) April 29, 2019
In 1987, Larry had quintuple-bypass surgery after having his first heart attack, and he’s written about his battles with heart disease extensively since.
“When I look back at the events leading up to that day when you-know-what happened, I remember people giving me ‘the look,’” he wrote in the 2004 book Taking on Heart Disease, according to Entertainment Tonight. “It was always followed by something like, ‘Larry, you oughta (fill in the blank: stop smoking/eat more fish/get some exercise),’ and I always responded with a completely phony appreciative nod and continued doing what I was doing.
"I guess that line about ‘everything you need to see is always right in front of you but you gotta open your eyes to see it’ really does hold true.”
Larry has also been open about the annual chest X-rays he receives to check his heart’s health. During one of those examinations in 2017, Larry was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer when doctors found a tumour, which was successfully removed.
“They said I was lucky and smart to get annual chest X-rays because lung cancer doesn’t give you any signs until it’s in late stages,” Larry told People. “And by then it’s too late.” Get well soon, Larry!