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Very sad news to report today, conservative radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh has died at the age of 70.
He began treatment for lung cancer about a year ago.
Rush Limbaugh has died at age 70. The conservative talk-radio pioneer began treatment for lung cancer just over a year ago. https://t.co/hRrqAfZp2m
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh, the conservative media icon who for decades used his perch as the king of talk-radio to shape the politics of both the Republican Party and nation, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.
Limbaugh announced in February 2020 that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Limbaugh continued to host his show while undergoing treatment, and he told listeners that he remained hopeful he would defeat the disease.
A pioneer of AM talk-radio, Limbaugh for 32 years hosted “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” a nationally-syndicated program with millions of loyal listeners that transfigured him into a partisan force and polarizing figure in American politics. In many ways, his radio show was like the big bang of the conservative media universe. “TheRush Limbaugh Show” helped popularize the political talk-radio format and usher in a generation of conservative infotainment.
Using his sizable platform, Limbaugh advanced conservative ideas, though he often waded into conspiratorial waters and generated controversy for hateful commentary on gender and race. During the course of his career, Limbaugh started a number of fires with his commentary.
Accolades and well wishes came pouring in immediately:
Rush Limbaugh is a true patriot who was never afraid to speak truth to power and to fight for the freedoms we hold dear.
His impact on the conservative movement will never forgotten.
We will miss you, Rush. Rest in peace.
— Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was an American icon who brought conservatism into the mainstream—and our country is a better place because of his profound voice. He leaves behind an incredible legacy.
Please join me in praying for his family.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 17, 2021
Rest in peace to the great Rush Limbaugh.
— PragerU (@prageru) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was a freedom fighter, a stalwart conservative and a daily voice for millions of Americans.
America’s Anchorman will be missed. pic.twitter.com/AG2VlPv7QY
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) February 17, 2021
It is truly a sad day for America.https://t.co/aQQrgV7maa
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) February 17, 2021
Huge loss for so many 🙏
Rush Limbaugh has died after a battle with lung cancer.
Icon, talk radio legend, Conservative political leader, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner.
Prayers for his family 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ezBJqHkWlh
— Heather Childers (@HeatherChilders) February 17, 2021
RIP Rush Limbaugh, the creator of talk radio and by extension the alternative media, an indispensable and iconic conservative voice.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 17, 2021
No conservative would have a voice on ANY platform today if not for Rush Limbaugh. The world is a sadder place with him not in it.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) February 17, 2021