PALM BEACH, Fla. — Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has died.
According to an on-air announcement by his wife, Kathryn, the 70-year-old Limbaugh died Wednesday morning from complication of lung cancer.
“It is with profound sadness,” Kathryn Limbaugh said. “I must share with you directly, that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer.”
Limbaugh revealed he was battling advanced lung cancer in early February of last year. In October 2020, Limbaugh announced that his stage 4 lung cancer had progressed “in the wrong direction.”
Premiere Networks, syndicator of “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” says it plans several weeks of tribute shows and are calling them “The Limbaugh Legacy.”
The talk radio host is known as an outspoken voice of American conservatism who connected with audiences across the nation.
His weekday radio show first aired in 1988. Throughout the decades, Limbaugh has shaped the political conversation in the United States as a strong voice for the Republican party.
“For over 32 years, Rush cherished you, his loyal audience, and always looked forward to every single show,” Kathryn Limbaugh said.
Rush Limbaugh began his radio career in 1971; “The Rush Limbaugh Show” aired on nearly 600 stations across the country.
Forbes magazine estimated Limbaugh’s net worth at $84 million in 2018, the second richest radio personality behind Howard Stern.