Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has died at age 70, according to his wife.

Limbaugh passed away at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, his wife, Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, said on his radio show on Wednesday, hours after the death.

Limbaugh was diagnosed with lung cancer last year, causing him to miss hosting the show.

“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said on the air at the time.

“I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with this. But the upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer,” he added later.

It prompted former President Donald Trump last February to present Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his State of the Union Address in front of the Joint Session of Congress.

“He is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet,” Trump said at the time.

The medal recognized all that Limbaugh had done for America, Trump added.

In December, Limbaugh told listeners that considered himself “extremely fortunate and lucky” to still be alive, considering the grim diagnosis.

“I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December,” he said. “And yet, here I am and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today… God knows how important this program is for me today. ”

Limbaugh was born in 1951 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He had a long career in media, entering radio in 1971 after leaving college before hosting his own radio show for many years.

Limbaugh was a stalwart Trump supporter who often praised the Republican businessman and president. He was also a critic of former President Barack Obama and President Joe Biden.

Condolences poured in on Wednesday when news of the death emerged.

“Rush Limbaugh had unrelenting boldness to proclaim the truth. Watching his wit, passion, and willingness to hold the media accountable informed my entire career,” former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.

“No words … I just got news the Rush Limbaugh has passed away. thanks Rush for all you taught, gave and were. A hero to many. An icon. A patriot. A revolutionary that saved radio. Heavens gain, our loss,” radio host Glenn Beck said.

“So sad to see the death of Rush Limbaugh, he was a conservative radio phenomenon for decades and gave the silent majority a voice,” Nigel Farage added.

“Rush Limbaugh often said “I have talent on loan from God.” He understood that our gifts on this earth are not our own — they’re a blessing. He shared his gifts with all of us. And we’ll miss him dearly,” added South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

Jack Phillips and Gary Du contributed to this report. 

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February 17, 2021 5:35 pm

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