Conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh, who entertained millions and propelled waves of Republican politicians, has died after announcing to listeners last year that he had stage four carcinoma. He was 70 years old.
Limbaugh’s death Wednesday morning was confirmed by his wife, Kathryn, at the beginning of his radio program.
Before right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, before Fox News, there was Limbaugh. His voice entertained many listeners, cheered conservatives hungry to ascertain their beliefs reflected on the airwaves, and elevated long-shot Republicans to national prominence.
Mr. Limbaugh told listeners he was undergoing treatment for advanced carcinoma in early 2020. He said later that year that the cancer was stage 4, terminal, and progressing after months of several different treatment regimens. At the time he reiterated his intent to continue together with his show, despite fatigue and other symptoms.
Who is Rush Limbaugh?
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was an American radio personality conservative political commentator, author, and tv show host. He was best referred to as the host of his radio show the push Limbaugh Show, which has been in national syndication on AM and FM radio stations.
Born: 12 January 1951, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States
Died: 17 February 2021
Net worth: US$500 million (2016)
Spouse: Kathryn Adams Limbaugh (m. 2010), MORE
Books: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional
Ms. Rogers on Wednesday said Mr. Limbaugh had “proudly fought and defended conservative values in a way that nobody else can. Rush often stood up and took arrows on his own because he knew it had been the proper thing to try to do.”
Beginning as a comparatively unknown disk jockey at stations in Pennsylvania and Missouri, Mr. Limbaugh saw his star rise quickly after starting an interview show in 1984 in Sacramento, Calif., where he began espousing conservative political ideas during the Republican revolution of the Reagan era. In 1988 he began a replacement show at WABC-AM in NY that was syndicated nationally on AM and FM stations.
“The Rush Limbaugh Show,” marked by his signature brash and acerbic conservatism, was the most-listened-to radio chat show within the U.S., consistent with Nielsen Audio, reaching quite 20 million monthly listeners on quite 650 affiliates as of the top of 2020.