Conservative Radio Pioneer Rush Limbaugh Dies at 70

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Feb. 17, 2021 — Rush Limbaugh, for many years a preferred, controversial, and influential speak radio host and conservative commentator, died Wednesday, in keeping with a household assertion.

He was 70.

His loss of life 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 therapy 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 can be present process therapy, or I am reacting to therapy.”

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 change into terminal and that medical doctors had detected new progress.

Late in 2020, in his last broadcast of the 12 months, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters.

“I wasn’t anticipated to be alive at this time,” he mentioned, in keeping 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 at this time, bought some issues, however I am feeling fairly good at this time.”

He’s survived by Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, his spouse.

“Rush inspired so many people to suppose for ourselves. To study and to guide. He typically mentioned it didn’t matter the place you began or what you appear like, as Individuals all of us have infinite alternatives like nowhere else on the planet,” she mentioned as she introduced her husband’s loss of life on his radio present Wednesday. “From at this time on, there can be an amazing 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 exchange confrontational radio host Morton Downey Jr. for KFBK in Sacramento in 1984.