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

He was 70.

His dying 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 remedy following episodes of shortness of breath. “The upshot is that I’ve been recognized with superior lung cancer,” Limbaugh mentioned throughout a stay 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 remedy, or I am reacting to remedy.”

The next day, when Limbaugh attended the State of the Union handle, President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in an unannounced transfer.

Limbaugh introduced Oct. 20 that his stage IV cancer had grow to be terminal and that medical doctors had detected new development.

Late in 2020, in his closing broadcast of the yr, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters.

“I wasn’t anticipated to be alive at present,” he mentioned, in response to 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 present, obtained some issues, however I am feeling fairly good at present.”

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

“Rush inspired so many people to suppose for ourselves. To be taught and to steer. He typically mentioned it didn’t matter the place you began or what you appear to be, as People all of us have limitless alternatives like nowhere else on this planet,” she mentioned as she introduced her husband’s dying on his radio present Wednesday. “From at present 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 interchange confrontational radio host Morton Downey Jr. for KFBK in Sacramento in 1984.