American radio host Rush Limbaugh passed away earlier today. His family announced the sad news this morning. His death came after a year-long battle with lung cancer.
“As so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life,” his wife said, announcing his passing via his radio show. “Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”
Rush Limbaugh learned that he had Stage IV lung cancer in January of last year. Not long after that, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump. During the ceremony, the president thanked Limbaugh for his decades of tireless devotion to America, according to a Fox News report.
Rush Limbaugh’s Career
Rush Limbaugh’s career spanned five decades. His voice has been a constant presence in conservative circles for generations. When he started the “Rush Limbaugh Show.” in 1988, he quickly became one of the most polarizing figures in American media. He also had plenty of credentials and accolades to lend credence to his words on the radio.
Limbaugh most recently took home the highest honor bestowed upon an American citizen. Before that, though, he earned several accolades for broadcasting. He is in the National Radio Hall of Fame as well as the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
His radio show was the most listened-to show in history. His voice could be heard on over 600 stations. Tens of millions of people tuned in to hear him on a weekly basis. On his final broadcast in 2020, he announced to his listeners that he had officially outlived his prognosis. While signing off, he said, “I wasn’t expected to be alive today 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.”
He was tenacious to the very end. His voice and presence will be missed by his fans, friends, and family alike.