Conservative Radio Pioneer Rush Limbaugh Dies at 70
February 17, 2021 – Rush Limbaugh, a decades-long popular, controversial and influential radio host and conservative commentator, died on Wednesday, according to a family statement.
He was 70 years old.
His death comes after a diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer which he announced in October.
On February 3, 2020, Limbaugh announced on his show that he was undergoing treatment for episodes of shortness of breath. “The result is that I was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer,” Limbaugh said on a live broadcast. He added, “There will be days when I can’t be here because I’m going to be on treatment or responding to treatment.
The next day, as Mr. Limbaugh attended the State of the Union address, President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in an unexpected gesture.
Limbaugh announced on October 20 that her stage IV cancer had become terminal and doctors had detected new growth.
At the end of 2020, on his last show of the year, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters.
“I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said, according to Fox News. “I wasn’t expected to make it until October, then November, then December. And yet here I am, and today I have some problems, but I feel pretty good today. ‘hui. “
He is survived by his wife Kathryn Adams Limbaugh.
“Rush encouraged many of us to think for ourselves. Learn and lead. He has often said that no matter where you started or what you look like, as Americans we all have endless opportunities like nowhere else in the world, ”she said, announcing her death. husband on his Wednesday radio show. “From today there will be a huge void in our lives and on the radio.”
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born January 12, 1951 in Cape Girardeau, MO. He dropped out of Southeast Missouri State University after two semesters to pursue a career in radio.
He worked as a disc jockey for stations in Pittsburgh and Kansas City, but found success when he was hired to replace confrontational radio host Morton Downey Jr. for KFBK in Sacramento in 1984.
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