Highly influential conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has died from lung cancer compilations, his wife has said. The 70-year-old, who was a former cigar and cigarette smoker, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020. 9 months later, in October 2020, he announced that the cancer was terminal, and that attempts to treat it were no longer containing it. He also told fans that he had been given a time frame of when he should expect to die.
“I wasn’t expected to make it to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today,” he said in his final show of 2020. Recently, Limbaugh was absent from the show for a week, during which studio manager Bo Snerdley told fans that the team were praying for him.
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Former President Donald trump, a fan of Limbaugh’s, awarded him with a Presidential Medal of Freedom which was presented by First Lady Melania Trump. The President then thanked the veteran radio host ‘for [his] decades of tireless devotion to [his] country’. He told Fox News on Wednesday that ‘There aren’t too many legends around, but he is a legend.’
Apart from receiving multiple awards for his famous radio show The Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh’s other accolades include being in the Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of fame. He was also a bestselling author and in 2009 was featured on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list. Limbaugh appeared on television numerous times, in programs ranging from Family Guy to his own show in the 90s, The Rush Limbaugh Show.
The thoughts and prayers of conservatives across America, and the rest of the world, will undoubtedly be with Limbaugh’s friends and family over the coming days. The impact Limbaugh has had on conservatism has been huge, and his influence will reverberate throughout the ages. One of his most memorable moments came in a speech he gave during the 2009 Conservative Political action Conference where he set out what a conservative is. Limbaugh said:
“We love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit. What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes.”