LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  —  “CBS This Morning” Anchor Charlie Rose announced Wednesday that he will be off the morning program for several weeks as he undergoes a heart operation.

Rose, 75, issued the following statement Wednesday morning.

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“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 tomorrow, 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.

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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.”

Rose has co-anchored “CBS This Morning” since 2012.

He has undergone heart procedures in 2002 and 2006.

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