Rush Limbaugh, controversial conservative radio host, dead at 70

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 17, 2021

Rush Limbaugh, the United States conservative radio host who spent more than four decades on the air, has died at aged 70 after a battle with cancer, his family said Wednesday.

Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn, made the painful announcement on his radio show this morning.

Limbaugh learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then President Donald Trump at the State of the Union address days later.

At the time, former President Donald Trump said Limbaugh's cancer diagnosis was not good news, but added, "What is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and victor that you will ever meet".

First Lady Melania Trump presented him with the honor after her husband lauded Limbaugh as "a special man beloved by millions of Americans" and "the greatest fighter and victor that you will ever meet".

In one of his last shows, Limbaugh was criticized for repeating false claims that Joe Biden did not legitimately win the 2020 presidential election, even as Biden prepared to take the Oath of Office at his inauguration ceremony.

He had vowed to do his program "as normally and as competently" as he could while undergoing treatment.

The far-right Republican was best known as the host of his radio show "The Rush Limbaugh Show" and is widely recognized as one of the lead voices of the conservative movement in the early 90s. He missed only a few shows in October.

'I wasn't expected to be alive today, ' he said. It became the most listened to radio show in the USA and was picked up by more than 600 stations.

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