Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh has passed away at 70 after a battle with cancer.
Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70 https://t.co/xQ4ErOlXMq
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 17, 2021
According to Fox News:
Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed talk radio and politics in his decades behind the microphone, helping shape the modern-day Republican Party, died Wednesday at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced.
Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show.
The radio icon learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address days later. First lady Melania Trump then presented America’s highest civilian honor to Limbaugh in an emotional moment on the heels of his devastating cancer diagnosis.
“Rush Limbaugh: Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country,” President Trump said during the address.
Limbaugh thanked his supporters in his final broadcast of 2020: “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.”
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck took to Twitter to express his grief:
No words … I just got news the Rush Limbaugh has passed away.
thanks Rush for all you taught, gave and were. A hero to many. An icon. A patriot. A revolutionary that saved radio.
Heavens gain, our loss.
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was one of the most influential conservative commentators of all time.
President Trump went on Fox News to discuss Limbaugh, his first TV appearance since leaving office.
"He would just talk for two hours and three hours. Just talk," Trump says of the late Rush Limbaugh. "And that's not an easy thing to do."
"People, whether they loved him or not, they respected him," the ex president says.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 17, 2021