- 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.
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “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.
Rush Limbaugh was the voice of conservatism for a generation. He was the most important broadcaster in the history of radio, who drew millions of conservatives into a national political debate that was trying to leave them behind. He will be deeply missed.— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) February 17, 2021
I remember the first time I heard Rush Limbaugh on air...and I bet you do too.— Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) February 17, 2021
For me, it was 1989. I was at Air Force Squadron Officer School in Montgomery, AL. I remember thinking "I'm so glad someone is saying that!"
He changed our nation. He will never be replaced. #riprush
Rush Limbaugh was an invaluable voice for the conservative movement and left an extraordinary mark on this country. My prayers are with his wife Kathryn and the entire Limbaugh family during this difficult time.— Rep. Burgess Owens (@RepBurgessOwens) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was a titan. What a devastating loss for our country. Rest in peace and thank you.— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh was my grandfather’s hero & why I went into talk radio (I was once groomed to fill in for him, but that never would’ve worked!).— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) February 17, 2021
He was a tremendous broadcaster, but his legacy was soiled by his total sellout to Trump & the destruction of conservatism which ensued.