Media legend Larry King is recovering in the hospital after undergoing a heart procedure last week.
TMZ initially reported that King had a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest, ironically, while he was preparing to leave for the hospital for a scheduled angiogram on Thursday.
But Ora TV, the network that hosts King’s show “Larry King Now,” clarified in a statement that King suffered angina, or chest pain, and reported to the hospital early for the scheduled angioplasty.
The statement noted that King’s doctors said he did not suffer a heart attack or cardio arrest.
Doctors successfully performed the angioplasty and King has been recuperating in the hospital. The 85-year-old expects to be released “soon,” according to the statement.
TMZ, however, says it stands behind its sourcing, claiming that “our sources are clear — doctors told Larry’s wife, Shawn, that he DID suffer a mild heart attack and there were proteins in his blood — a clear sign of a heart attack.”
King has been suffering from declining health for quite some time. He underwent surgery for stage 1 lung cancer in 2017 and suffers from type 2 diabetes. King reportedly has been having problems breathing for months, but there were no reports of any recent heart problems.
In 1987, King had a heart attack and underwent quintuple bypass heart surgery, after which he quit his three-packs-a-day smoking habit.
King has long been a media legend. His career started back in 1957, when he was working as a local DJ. As his star began to rise, King made the move into TV in 1960. He started hosting Miami Undercover, where he served as a moderator for political debates and local issues.
King later served as the color commentator for the Miami Dolphins, but lost his job after he was arrested for grand larceny in 1971. The charges were eventually dropped, and King was later rehired by the same station.
King continued to climb the ladder, eventually landing with CNN in 1985.
According to Ora TV, King “is in good spirits” and expects to back on air soon.