Charlie Rose to Undergo Heart Surgery

By Chris Ariens 

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CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose will undergo heart surgery tomorrow. He’ll be having a heart valve replaced.

In a note on CBSNews.com, Rose writes, “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. 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.”

Rose will undergo surgery tomorrow, and he expects to be out for the next couple of weeks. “I look forward to seeing you in March. In the meantime you are in great hands with my remarkable colleagues, Norah and Gayle backed by the best morning team anywhere.”

“Until then, stay close,” he writes.

More: In reading the letter on air this morning, Norah O’Donnell added, “I talked to him last night and he is optimistic and excited about this tune-up.”

“Cheering you on Charlie Rose, cheering you on,” added Gayle King.

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