Feb. 17, 2021 — Rush Limbaugh, for many years a well-liked, controversial, and influential speak radio host and conservative commentator, died Wednesday, in accordance with a household assertion.
He was 70.
His dying comes after a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis he introduced in October.
On Feb. 3, 2020, Limbaugh introduced on his present that he was present process remedy following episodes of shortness of breath. “The upshot is that I’ve been identified with superior lung cancer,” Limbaugh mentioned throughout a reside broadcast. He added, “There are going to be days that I am not going to have the ability to be right here as a result of I will likely be present process remedy, or I am reacting to remedy.”
The next day, when Limbaugh attended the State of the Union tackle, President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in an unannounced transfer.
Limbaugh introduced Oct. 20 that his stage IV cancer had turn into terminal and that medical doctors had detected new progress.
Late in 2020, in his last broadcast of the yr, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters.
“I wasn’t anticipated to be alive in the present day,” he mentioned, in accordance with Fox Information. “I wasn’t anticipated to make it to October, after which to November, after which to December. And but, right here I’m, and in the present day, received some issues, however I am feeling fairly good in the present day.”
He’s survived by Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, his spouse.
“Rush inspired so many people to assume for ourselves. To be taught and to steer. He typically mentioned it didn’t matter the place you began or what you appear like, as Individuals all of us have limitless alternatives like nowhere else on this planet,” she mentioned as she introduced her husband’s dying on his radio present Wednesday. “From in the present day on, there will likely be an incredible void in our lives, and on the radio.”
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born on Jan. 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, MO. He dropped out of Southeast Missouri State College after two semesters to pursue a profession in radio.
He labored as a disc jockey for stations in Pittsburgh and Kansas Metropolis, however discovered success when employed to switch confrontational radio host Morton Downey Jr. for KFBK in Sacramento in 1984.