Sick Larry King failed to accept the American Spirit Award. Sparks fear that the health of the talk show host has turned around.
King, who suffered a heart attack in April, was absent from the 13th annual American Spirit Awards in Los Angeles.
The experienced broadcaster sent his friend and colleague Charlie Steiner in the long term to accept the coveted gong.
And in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Steiner confirmed that the health of the 85-year-old king was a & # 39; fight & # 39; has been heartbreaking since last month.
The presenter of the LA Dodgers baseball team admitted that King's well-being remains a daily concern.
While his representatives publicly claimed that it was a & # 39; unimportant issue & # 39; was, sources revealed that King has been in a medical department for more than two weeks.
Larry King did not show up for the 13th American Spirit Award Wednesday in Los Angeles due to medical problems. He was pictured here in February before he had a heart attack
His friend and fellow radio personality Charlie Steiner accepted on his behalf and told DailyMail.com that King & # 39; s health was a & # 39; fight & # 39; but he is in high spirits
King was initially released from the hospital after his heart attack in April, but then re-admitted after further chest pain and it is clear that the star is now in a recovery center in Los Angeles.
A source close to King told DailyMail.com: “Due to his physical ailments, visitors are shocked by his appearance, he is in a terrible state, he has lost a lot of weight.
& # 39; A close circle of friends and people who work with him at his shows have been to visit and everyone is extremely concerned.
& # 39; Larry fights on and tries to be happy, he has watched the Dodgers on TV. & # 39;
While the beloved star is busy, his good friend Steiner is convinced that he will be home soon.
Steiner said: & # 39; He is coming. I saw him yesterday. I talk to him every day. It was a struggle, but the hope and expectation is that he will be home early next week.
& # 39; He gets a little better every day. You know the old saying, & # 39; it stands out day in and day out, & but are we all again? & # 39;
Steiner and King (shown together in 2013) have been friends for 40 years and Steiner told DailyMail.com: & I saw him yesterday. I talk to him every day & # 39;
Steiner was startled to address the serious medical problems of his friend too much.
But DailyMail.com understands that King has major complications and is not yet out of the woods.
& # 39; All I can tell you is that I also flew to high school biology and biology at school, & # 39; Steiner said. & # 39; He was under the weather, he is getting better and he is in a good mood. & # 39;
Steiner added that King personally asked him to take his place during the ceremony organized by The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors.
& # 39; Well Larry is a 40 year old friend of mine. We met before there was a CNN and before I was at ESPN, & he said.
& # 39; We were just a few old radio announcers. So when he was called for this prize, he couldn't be here, he called and asked and it was something like, "Okay. What else do I need to do? & # 39; & # 39; So I'm honored to be here , I am flattered that he has asked me and that I am present with all these people today, it is a great excitement for me. & # 39;
King appeared in better health in February when this photo was taken during the 5th annual The Soiree during the Grammy Weekend in West Hollywood
& # 39; Larry fights on and tries to be cheerful, he has watched the Dodgers on TV & # 39 ;, Steiner told DailyMail.com
Caucus Vice Chair and bestseller authentication friend James S. Hirsch confirmed that King was in the hospital and could not come: & # 39; That is also what we have been told. & # 39;
He continued: & # 39; When we decided who would receive these awards, we did not wonder who could be here.
& # 39; We soon found out with Larry. The prize is to honor his work and legacy, which is incredible for Larry King.
& # 39; From that point of view, it's a shame he couldn't be here, and he gives him a chance to honor him. And in the end we will all be able to meet him personally and honor him personally. & # 39;
Caucus legend and winner of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Hirsch reflected on King & # 39; s 61-year achievement: & # 39; His sentiments indicate how strong he is in what these awards represent, and how he represents that attitude toward others help, and be effective in communicating with others that are the best in America. & # 39;
Steiner, 69, received a smashing ovation when he took the honor on behalf of King.
Steiner joked when he was on stage: & # 39; Do I ever feel like I'm on this train? & # 39;
Dodgers presenter Steiner said: & # 39; I was flattered that Larry asked me today to speak on his behalf and incredibly honored that he was in this room this afternoon. & # 39;
Steiner did not discuss King's health on stage, but revealed that the couple has a traditional greeting every time they meet.
He explained how he used King & # 39; s famous radio introduction to see his friend.
He played the line again on stage: & # 39; Houston hello & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Those are the first words I speak every time I speak or see my friend Larry, who I first met 40 years ago. & # 39;
Steiner explained how King's talent was of course: & # 39; He never has an agenda in the air. What he wants are simple answers to simple questions. And with Larry, the star is always the guest. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; Larry is and remains a loyal friend. & # 39;
King, a winner of the Emmy and Peabody award, has had several heart attacks over the years. In 1987, pictured on the left, he underwent a five-fold bypass operation
The broadcaster started his career in the late 1950s and his widely popular TV show Larry King Live started on CNN in 1985, which ran over more than 6,000 episodes
King has had several heart attacks over the years and in 1987 he underwent five bypass operations.
He later founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people who do not have health insurance provide medical care.
In 2017, King was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent successful surgery to treat it.
Iconic Peabody and Emmy award-winning broadcaster King began his career as a radio DJ in Miami in the late 1950s before launching the Larry King Show in 1978.
Later, his hugely popular interview with TV interviews, Larry King Live, began on CNN in 1985.
After more than 6,000 episodes and in his late 70s, the host stepped out of TV for a while in 2010.
But in 2012, he quickly hosted Larry King Now on Hulu and Ora TV.
He currently hosts Larry King Now and PoliticKING with Larry King. & # 39;
The event of the American Spirit Awards took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in LA.
The awards were made by The Caucus in 2004 to recognize individuals who support, protect and promote the work of creative storytellers – the producers, writers, and directors of television, film, and new media whose work is perhaps America's most powerful export.
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