Rush Limbaugh, American on-air personality and political commentator, has passed away at the age of 70.
Kathryn Adams, his wife, broke the news of his death on his radio show on Wednesday.
She revealed that he died from complications arising from lung cancer.
“It is with profound sadness, I must share with you directly, that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer,” she said.
“As so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life. Rush will forever be the greatest of all-time.
“Despite being one of the most recognized powerful people in the world, Rush never let the success change his core or beliefs. He was polite and respectful to everyone he met.”
The conservative TV personality is best known as the host of ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’, a long-running talk radio programme.
He was also a vocal supporter of Donald Trump and was presented with the US Presidential Medal of Freedom by Trump in 2020 – the highest US civilian honour.
Limbaugh strongly opposed Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential election and spread false claims that Obama was not born in the United States.
Born in Missouri on January 12, 1951, Limbaugh began his career in radio at the age of 16.
He won multiple broadcast awards, including entrance into both the Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Limbaugh made headlines for his controversial viewpoints on environmental issues, drug policy, sexism, LGBT, feminism, sexual consent, race, among others.
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