Talk radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh has died Wednesday morning from lung cancer, his wife Kathryn announced on his radio program. He was 70.
“Rush gave us hope that through hard work and determination we can overcome the obstacles in our lives and be our best,” Katheryn said on the show.
Here is a recording of Kathryn Limbaugh’s entire statement:
Limbaugh transformed AM radio, the media and political landscape. He’s continued to offer a voice for Conservatives in America with The Rush Limbaugh Show since it premiered in 1988.
He announced the diagnoses of Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020, CNJ reported.
“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.”
Limbaugh used the time to share about his personal relationship with God with listeners.
“I’ve had so much support from family and friends during this that it’s just been tremendous. I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about,” the radio host said.
Here are comments from his supporters:
Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald J. Trump at the State of the Union address in 2020.
Trump said: “Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our Nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I will now ask the First Lady of the United States to present you with the honor.”
In 1992 President Ronald Reagan wrote him, “Now that I’ve retired from active politics. I don’t mind that you have become the Number One voice for conservatism in our Country. I know the liberals call you the most dangerous man in America, but don’t worry about it, they used to say the same thing about me. Keep up the good work. America needs to hear ‘the way things ought to be.’”
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