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Charlie Rose To Undergo Heart Surgery: 'No One Loves Life More than I Do'

Charlie Rose will undergo heart surgery on Thursday and take a break from anchoring 'CBS This Morning'.

Co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell made the announcement with a statement from their absent 75-year-old anchor.

"Almost 15 years ago skilled surgeons replaced my aorta valve with a new replacement valve. It has served me well enabling me to live the vigorous, full, complete life you are all so familiar with," said Rose. "No one loves life more than I do."

"To continue to live this amazing life so full of challenges and friends, including so many of you in the audience, I have chosen to replace the valve with a new one. The timing is my choice."

"In the meantime you are in great hands with my remarkable colleagues, Norah and Gayle backed by the best morning team anywhere," he added. "I can't wait to be back completely rested with my heart recharged, my passion for the work ahead purposeful and my joy at life's pleasures high. Until then, stay close."

Rose, who has anchored since January 2012, will remain at the hospital for a few days and then recover at home for at least a few weeks. He is expected to return to the airwaves in March. Of course, he also hosts his PBS talk show 'Charlie Rose'.

O'Donnell said Rose was "optimistic" and called the procedure a "tune-up."

February 9, 2017 |

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