Rush Limbaugh, the king of talk radio and a conservative icon, passed away on Wednesday of lung cancer at the age of 70.
It’s the end of an era. There will never be another Rush Limbaugh.
He was truly one of a kind.
Rush Limbaugh, Talk Radio Legend, Dies at 70 of Lung Cancer
Conservative icon Rush Limbaugh, who single-handedly created the era of national political talk radio and had the most listened to program in U.S. history, died Wednesday of lung cancer a year after announcing his diagnosis with the disease. He was 70.
Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show.
A cultural force with a cumulative weekly radio audience of more than 20 million at his peak, an author of seven books — two of which were New York Times best sellers, and the host of a nationally syndicated TV show, Limbaugh was hailed by Republicans and conservatives and derided by Democrats and liberals.
In 1994, his daily broadcasts trumpeting conservative politics and policies were credited with helping Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years as part of Newt Gingrich’s “Republican Revolution.” The party gained 54 seats in the House — the biggest change in nearly a half century — and Limbaugh was bestowed with an honorary membership by the incoming freshman congressional GOP caucus.
He was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the 2020 State of the Union Address by President Donald Trump, in which he thanked Limbaugh for “decades of tireless devotion to our country.”
Listen below as his wife makes the announcement:
BREAKING: Rush Limbaugh's wife Kathryn announces on his radio show that he passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer
"Rush will forever be the greatest of all time." pic.twitter.com/FSJTfmX8ZO
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 17, 2021
Check out this amazing clip of Rush speaking at a Conservative event in 2009:
Watch Rush define who conservatives are and tell me again you think he's a “bigot.” pic.twitter.com/xsDRc2mKUs
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) February 17, 2021
This is a tremendous loss, but Rush left behind a legacy of amazing work.
He was a patriot and he will be sorely missed.