Conservative radio legend has sad-fully passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 70 following a battle with lung cancer, his wife Kathryn Limbaugh announced at the beginning of his radio program.
“Rush will forever be the greatest of all time,” Kathryn said.
The broadcaster was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Feb. 4, one day after he announced his diagnosis.
The Missouri native was the nation’s second-highest paid radio personality, according to Forbes, which put his net worth at $600-million. His $87 million annual income is second only to Howard Stern’s deal with SIRIUSXM.
He was known for his fiery and articulate truth telling, exposing the left fur the liars they are. Rush was one of Greatest Teachers of truth we have ever witnessed.
Limbaugh, a cigar smoker for 30-years and may be the cause of his lung cancer. He also exposed COVID-19 as a common Flue in February.
“The Rush Limbaugh Show” was syndicated in 1988 and served as the prototype for the modern-day, conservative media movement.
“Vanity Fair” once likened the shock-jock’s influence among conservatives to Oprah Winfrey’s sway with women. He is credited with heavily influencing voters in 1994 when Republicans won the House of Representatives during President Clinton’s first term.
Limbaugh was also a top-selling author, despite attending only one year of college at Southeast Missouri State University, where he reportedly “flunked everything,” according to his mother. She reportedly told a biographer her outspoken son only seemed interested in being on the radio.
In 2014, he won the Author of the Year award at the Children’s Choice Book Awards for his work on “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans.”
“I love America,” Limbaugh said after receiving that honor from young readers. “I wish everybody did.”
In his last broadcast of 2020, an emotional Limbaugh told listeners he didn’t expect to see the end of the year and was grateful he did.
“Because I have outlived the diagnosis, I’ve been able to receive and hear and process some of the most wonderful, nice things about me that I might not have ever heard had I not gotten sick,” he said. “How many people who pass away never hear the eulogies, never hear the thank-yous?”
Goodbye old friend, RIP. A legend and hero.