Rush Limbaugh receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from first lady Melania Trump during President Trump's State of the Union address on Feb. 4, 2020. (www.whitehouse.gov.)
Rush Limbaugh receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from first lady Melania Trump during President Trump's State of the Union address on Feb. 4, 2020. (www.whitehouse.gov.)

American talk radio icon Rush Hudson Limbaugh III died Wednesday, Feb. 17 after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 70.

Limbaugh was best known as the host of his nationally syndicated radio show "The Rush Limbaugh Show."

Limbaugh also wrote seven books and hosted a national television show from 1992-96.

Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn, made the announcement today on his radio show.

"Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life," she said. Rush will forever be the greatest of all time." 

"Rush was a titan of his industry and will be dearly missed by his millions of listeners," Second District Rep. Brad Wenstrup said. "Today, we lost an American icon and patriot. My prayers are with the Limbaugh family during this time of grief. Rush led an amazing life and had an unparalleled career. As listeners, we are forever grateful."

Congressman Gary Palmer, R-Alabama, also commented on Limbaugh's passing today.

“I join millions of Americans in mourning the passing of Rush Limbaugh,” Rep. Palmer said. “I first listened to Rush in 1987, when I was still working for an international engineering company. I’d never heard anyone speak about the issues confronting our nation with such clarity. I really believe that Rush Limbaugh, in many respects, became a political mentor to me, as he was to millions more. 

"Ronald Reagan may have launched the modern conservative movement, but Rush Limbaugh built it by speaking to tens of millions of Americans every week. He leaves a tremendous void, and it is now the responsibility of those he mentored to fill it. He will be greatly missed. Ann and I extend our deepest sympathy to the Limbaugh family at this difficult time and will remember them in our prayers.” 

"My friend Rush Limbaugh, who died today, was a force of nature," said Larry P. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College.

"More than any other individual, he was responsible for breaking the Left’s media monopoly. His voice on the radio, where he has promoted Hillsdale College for more than 10 years, will never be equaled. He loved our country always, and came to a deep love of God. His massive audience will miss him, I will miss him, and the country will miss him. Our prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace."


Limbaugh learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald J. Trump at the State of the Union address last year.

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