Legendary talk show host Larry King is making progress in his ongoing fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus.
King has been moved out of the intensive care unit at the California hospital he is at for COVID-19 treatment, Fox News reports. A spokesperson for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center confirmed King’s updated status on Monday.
King went into the hospital’s intensive care unit on New Year’s Eve and was receiving oxygen treatment. He is said to now be breathing on his own, according to Ora Media Spokesman David Theeall.
King is best known as host of the “Larry King Live” show that ran in primetime on CNN from 1985 to 2010. The veteran talk show host interviewed some of the top difference-makers the world has ever seen.
Theall also notes that King has been in contact with his family via video call. King, now 87-years-old, has been plagued by health problems the last several years including diabetes, heart trouble and lung cancer.
Larry King Suffers Family Losses in 2020
As it was for many, last year was a rough one for King and his family. He lost two of his children within weeks of each other. His son Andy, 65, died of a heart attack and his daughter, Chaia, 51, succumbed to lung cancer a short time afterward.
King was admitted to the hospital as a “high risk” patient due to his numerous health condition ailments. His advanced age also puts him a greater risk for COVID-19 complications.
King has been in high spirits despite his run of serious health conditions. Earlier this year, he took to social media after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the 2020 World Series to express his excitement. He resides in Southern California is a fan of local sports franchises, including the Dodgers.
“It’s a good night,” he wrote while snapping a selfie and donning a Dodgers hat.