RIP Rush Limbaugh.
After an arduous battle with advanced lung cancer, the conservative radio titan Rush Limbaugh has passed away. His wife Kathryn announced his untimely death on Rush’s highly rated talk radio show.
“I mush share with you directly, with profound sadness, that my wonderful husband Rush, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer,” Kathryn revealed
“Rush will forever be the greatest of all time, she added.
Limbaugh’s syndicated radio show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, maintained dominance on the airwaves for over 30 years. He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in January 2020. Only days after going public with his cancer diagnosis President Donald Trump awarded Rush with the Presidential Medal Freedom in February 2020. “Thank you for the many years of thankless devotion to our country,” Trump said, adorning the medal around Rush’s neck.
Limbaugh announced on his radio show that he was thankful to outlive his prognosis. He routinely informed his audience of millions with updates on his cancer battle.
“I shouldn’t be alive today,” Limbaugh told his audience. “The doctors never expected I’d make it to October, then November, then December. And yet, I got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today. I’m still here,” Limbaugh said in celebration.
Conservative lawmakers and media personalities rushed to pay support minutes after hearing of Rush’s passing:
Rush Limbaugh revolutionized American radio. His voice guided the conservative movement for millions every day.
Rest In Peace, Rush.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was an American icon who brought conservatism into the mainstream—and our country is a better place because of his profound voice. He leaves behind an incredible legacy.
Please join me in praying for his family.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 17, 2021
1/3 Rush Limbaugh had unrelenting boldness to proclaim the truth. Watching his wit, passion, and willingness to hold the media accountable informed my entire career.
Growing up in Plant City, Florida, my dad would always play the Rush Limbaugh program in his pick-up truck…
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) February 17, 2021
Limbaugh entered the world in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on January 12th, 1951. He landed his first job at a local radio station while still in high school. Limbaugh attended Southeast Missouri State University in 1971 and dropped out after one year to return to the radio business. Limbaugh was first syndicated in 1988. At its peak, The Rush Limbaugh Show reached over 15 million listeners.
Limbaugh was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993 along with the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998. He is also five-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting.