Rush Limbaugh, talk radio icon, dead at 70

Rush Limbaugh reacts after first Lady Melania Trump presented him with the the Presidential Medal of Freedom as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Second lady Karen Pence is at left and Kathryn Limbaugh is partially hidden. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Multiple media outlets are reporting that famed conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show.

Posted by Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The radio host learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address just days later. First lady Melania Trump was on hand to present America’s highest civilian honor to Limbaugh.

“Rush Limbaugh: Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country,” President Trump said during the address.

One of the most influential media figures in American media history, Limbaugh had played a consequential role in conservative politics since “The Rush Limbaugh Show” began in 1988. He was considered as key to the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, which swept Rep. Newt Gingrich into the House speakership and ultimately led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

“Rush Limbaugh was the innovator who spoke for the Americans ignored and disrespected by the elites,” Trump lawyer Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in a tweet after Limbaugh announced his cancer diagnosis.

 

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