Chicago television icon Rich Koz, better known as Svengoolie, is reportedly recovering in an area hospital after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.

Time Out Chicago's Robert Feder reported this week that the 60-year-old horror film host was admitted Saturday evening to a Chicago hospital where he is now recovering.

A statement released Monday by Weigel Broadcasting reported that Koz's "condition is improving and his family has asked for privacy at this time." Friends and fans of Svengoolie are being directed to send cards, if they wish to do so, to Rich Koz care of WCIU The U, 26 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60661.

Koz previously suffered a heart attack in 2002, according to Time Out. He has played Svengoolie on his classic horror film show since 1979, the Daily Herald notes.