Who was Rush Limbaugh and how did he die?02/17/2021
RADIO host Rush Limbaugh has died at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer.
The conservative radio personality was the host The Rush Limbaugh Show, which has been in national syndication on AM and FM radio stations since 1988.
Who was Rush Limbaugh
Born January 12, 1951, Limbaugh, 70, was a radio personality, conservative political commentator, author and former television show host.
In December 2019, Talkers Magazine estimated that Limbaugh's radio show attracted a weekly audience of 15.5million listeners, becoming the most-listened-to radio show in the US.
The 70-year-old radio host was one of the premiere voices of the conservative movement in the US since the 1990s.
He dominated the airwaves with his attacks on liberals, Democrats, feminists, environmentalists and other.
He's a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcaster Hall of Fame.
In 2020, Limbaugh received the Presidential Medal of of Freedom from former President Donald Trump.
In February 2020, Limbaugh announced that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
Speaking on his show, Limbaugh said: "From the moment you get the diagnosis, there’s a part of you every day, OK, that’s it, life’s over, you just don’t know when.
“So, during the period of time after the diagnosis, you do what you can to prolong life, do what you can to prolong a happy life.
"You measure a happy life against whatever medication it takes.”
His wife Kathryn confirmed the radio host's death at the beginning of his Wednesday, February 17 morning show.
What did his wife Kathryn say about his death?
"Rush will forever be the greatest of all time. Rush was an extraordinary man. A gentle giant. Brilliant, quick-witted, genuinely kind," Kathryn said on his show Wednesday morning.
"Extremely generous. Passionate. Courageous. And the hardest working person I know."
"From today on, there will be a tremendous void in our lives, and on the radio.
"Rush encouraged so many of us to think for ourselves. To learn and to lead. He often said it did not matter where you started or what you look like, as Americans we all have endless opportunities like nowhere else in the world," said said.
Kathryn also thanked "each and every one of you who prayed" for Rush while he was battling cancer on behalf of their family.
"In Rush's honor, may we all continue Rush's mission in our individual lives and communities. I know all of you listening are terribly sad.
"We all are. I'm terrible sorry to have to deliver this news to you. God bless you Rush. And God bless our country."
The show then played Ray Charles' version of America The Beautiful, as opposed to Limbaugh's traditional theme.
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