Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh died on Wednesday, aged 70, following his year-long battle with lung cancer.
News of Limbaugh’s death was announced by his fourth wife Kathryn on his radio show.
‘I know that I am most certainly not the Limbaugh that you tuned in to listen to today,’ Kathryn, who was married to Limbaugh for a decade, told his viewers.
‘I, like you, very much wish Rush was behind this golden microphone right now, welcoming you to another exceptional three hours of broadcasting.
‘It is with profound sadness I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer.’
Limbaugh, who pioneered the conservative media revolution, had been diagnosed with Stage IV advanced lung cancer back in February 2020.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh died on Wednesday, aged 70, following his battle with lung cancer
The day after revealing he had cancer, Limbaugh was invited by President Trump to attend his State of the Union where he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is pictured alongside his wife Kathryn and First Lady Melania Trump
Days after revealing he had cancer, Limbaugh attended President Donald Trump’s State of the Union where he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
First Lady Melania Trump presented him with the nation’s highest civilian honor after her husband lauded Limbaugh as ‘a special man beloved by millions of Americans’ and ‘the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet’.
Limbaugh was one of Trump’s most ardent supporters.
Despite his diagnosis, Limbaugh continued to host his radio show, which had been in national syndication since 1988, throughout much of last year.
He had vowed to do his program ‘as normally and as competently’ as he could while undergoing treatment. He missed only a few shows in October.
In his last broadcast of 2020, Limbaugh thanked his listeners for their support as he opened up about his fight with terminal cancer.
‘I wasn’t expected to be alive today,’ he said.
‘I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.’
Tributes immediately poured in from high-profile Republicans, including Donald Trump Jr., who called him a ‘true American legend’.
Unflinchingly conservative, wildly partisan, bombastically self-promoting and larger than life, Limbaugh galvanized listeners for more than 30 years with his talent for vituperation and sarcasm.
Limbaugh, who pioneered the American media phenomenon of conservative talk radio, was one of Donald Trump’s