Rush Limbaugh dead at 70


Rush Limbaugh, the radio host who revolutionized conservative talk radio and became the medium's biggest and most influential star, is dead at the age of 70.

The death was announced on his program by his wife, Kathryn Limbaugh. 

His death comes a little more than a year after his announcement of a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer.
 
Limbaugh's reign on talk radio spanned more than three decades and at its peak reached an audience of more than 15 million listeners. He was first syndicated in 1988.
 
He was a provocateur who became a hero to conservatives but deeply angered and offended others with his remarks on race, gender and a host of political issues.
 
"One thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me," Limbaugh told his listeners last year.
 
The fiery conservative host was a top supporter of former President Trump and as recently as October hosted Trump for a two-hour interview. In April, the former president had previously awarded Limbaugh the Medal of Freedom.
 
“Because of people like you and Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and so many others — your friends at 'Fox & Friends' in the morning — people are getting it," Trump told Limbaugh at the time.
 
That January, the president also celebrated Limbaugh's signing of a long-term contract with Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of IHeartMedia.

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