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Rush Limbaugh has died. Here’s what he said on one of his final broadcasts

Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show host, has died, his family confirmed Wednesday

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First lady Melania Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh.

First Lady Melania Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh as his wife, Kathryn, and Karen Pence, left, watch during the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Limbaugh, the influential conservative radio host, has died, his family confirmed Wednesday.

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Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show host, has died at age 70 after a battle with lung cancer, Fox News reports.

  • Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, announced his death on her late husband’s radio show.
  • Limbaugh has been one of the most influential radio hosts in recent American history. He is considered an icon for conservatives and a friend of former President Donald Trump.
Radio personality Rush Limbaugh takes the stage to introduce President Donald Trump at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.

Radio personality Rush Limbaugh takes the stage to introduce President Donald Trump at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.

Andrew Harnik, Associated Press

Limbaugh said in his final radio broadcast of 2020 that he didn’t expect to still be speaking at that point, according to Fox News.

  • “I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”

Limbaugh announced his advanced lung cancer diagnosis on the radio back in February 2020, which I wrote about for Deseret News.

  • “And I wish I didn’t have to tell you this, and I thought about not telling anybody. I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing because I don’t like making things about me, but there are going to be days that I’m not going to be able to be here, because I’m undergoing treatment or I’m reacting to treatment, and I know that would inspire all sorts of curiosity with people wondering what’s going on.”

Back in October, Limbaugh told his listeners that his stage 4 lung cancer had become terminal, which was a major setback in his prognosis, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • “The scans did show some progression of cancer,” he said, according to CNN.
  • “It’s not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction.”

Limbaugh said his doctors changed his medications in “hopes of keeping additional progression at bay for as long as possible.”

  • “It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” Limbaugh said. “Now, we all are, is the point. We all know that we’re going to die at some point, but when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it.”

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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