Larry King reportedly suffered a heart attack last week after experiencing difficulty breathing for months. TMZ is reporting that the beloved TV personality had plans to check himself into the hospital for an angiogram, but was rushed to the emergency room when he went into cardiac arrest Thursday.
According to TMZ’s sources, doctors performed an angioplasty on King, re-opening a collapsed artery and inserting several stents to allow unobstructed blood flow. The host was put in an intensive care unit following the surgery and was expected to be released Monday.
King has reportedly been seeking medical treatment for breathing problems for six months and his battle with heart disease has been a public one. The 85-year-old suffered his first heart attack in 1987 which required a quintuple bypass. He has talked and written about how the event was a wake-up call for him to take his health seriously and created the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to fund cardiac surgeries and other heart-related procedures for people without health care coverage.
His experience also led him to write two books on his personal battle: Mr. King, You’re Having a Heart Attack: How a Heart Attack and Bypass Surgery Changed My Life (1989) and Taking On Heart Disease: Famous Personalities Recall How They Triumphed over the Nation’s #1 Killer and How You Can, Too (2004).