Talk Radio Legend Rush Limbaugh Dies at 70

His wife announced his death at the beginning of his Wednesday radio program

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After a years-long battle with IV-stage lung cancer, conservative icon Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday morning at the age of 70.

The passing of the radio legend was announced by his wife Kathryn Limbaugh at the beginning of his Wednesday radio program.

She said:

“It is with profound sadness I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer.

Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”

Limbaugh was the host of The Rush Limbaugh Show for 32 years.

He was born on January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

During his high school years, he started working in radio at the local station KGMO.

Limbaugh attended Southeast Missouri State University in 1971 and dropped out after one year to return to the radio business.

He was first syndicated in 1988, and at its peak, his show reached more than 15 million listeners.

The legend was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993 along with the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998.

Moreover, Limbaugh was also a five-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting.

Since January last year, he has been battling with the terrible disease. Just days after he was diagnosed with it, former President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union on February 4, 2020.

Trump then said:

“Rush Limbaugh: Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.”

Limbaugh periodically updated his listeners on his health, and during his final radio broadcast last year, he explained that he outlived his prognosis and thanked them for their outpour of support:

“I wasn’t expected to be alive today. II wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”

After the announcement of his death, numerous media figures and conservative lawmakers paid tribute to the great man.

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