Radio talk show host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh has died of lung cancer at age 70.
Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, announced his passing on his radio show where he has been absent for almost two weeks.
“Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life. Rush will forever be the greatest of all time,” said Kathryn.
Limbaugh was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer last January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union.
Limbaugh was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Jan. 12, 1951, and began his radio career in 1967 and has been active in conservative politics since “The Rush Limbaugh Show” began in 1988.
Limbaugh also hosted a national television show from 1992 to 1996 and appeared in several shows.
Limbaugh suffered from years of chronic back pain which lead to long-term prescription opioid addiction in 2003 and got him arrested in 2006 for “doctor shopping” to obtain multiple prescriptions for painkillers in Florida.