Charlie Rose to undergo aorta valve surgery

CBS News anchor plans to return in March

Journalist Charlie Rose
Journalist Charlie Rose (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – Charlie Rose, co-host of "CBS This Morning," which airs weekdays on News 6, will undergo aorta valve surgery on Thursday, with plans on returning to his on-air role in March.

Rose made the announcement Wednesday with a message on CBSNews.com.

"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. 

"So (Thursday), I will undergo surgery, which will keep me at the hospital for a few days and then resting for a 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. 

"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."

 "CBS This Morning" follows The Morning News on News 6, featuring Bridgett Ellison, Justin Warmoth, Kirstin O'Connor, meteorologist Troy Bridges and traffic anchor Amy Biondello. 

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