Updated: February 27, 2021
Conservative radio host, author, and political commentator Rush Limbaugh has passed away Wednesday morning due to complications from lung cancer.
The announcement was made on his popular radio show Wednesday by Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn.
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“I know that I am most certainly not the Limbaugh you tuned in to listen to today. I, like you, very much wish that Rush was with us behind the microphone right now welcoming you to another exceptional three hours of broadcasting,” she said on the air. “For over 32 years, Rush has cherished you, his loyal audience, and always looked forward to every single show.”
“As so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult. Even more so when that loved one is larger than life. Rush will forever be the greatest of all time. Rush was an extraordinary man, a gentle giant, brilliant, quick-witted, genuinely kind, extremely generous, passionate, courageous and the hardest-working person I know.
Despite being one of the most recognized, most powerful people in the world, Rush never let the success change his core or beliefs. He was polite and respectful to everyone he met,” she continued.
Limbaugh’s greatest accomplishment, The Rush Limbaugh Show premiered in 1988, running for decades and becoming the most listened to radio show and highest rated talk show in the United States.
Rush received the highest civilian honor when former President Trump awarded him the Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address in 2020- a decision that sparked much controversy.
“Here tonight is a special man, someone beloved by millions of Americans who just received a Stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet,” the President said during his speech, thanking the radio host for his “decades of tireless devotion to our country.”
Throughout his lengthy career, Rush Limbaugh often found himself at the center of controversy due to his conservative viewpoints, rejection of political correctness, and outspoken opinions.
Limbaugh was adored by the political right in the United States but often reviled by the left for dividing the country and, sometimes, for spreading racism and hate against immigrants.