Hurry Limbaugh, the incendiary radio talk program host, dies at age 70

Hurry Limbaugh, the self-proclaimed “Physician of Democracy” who led the conservative media revolution by slamming “feminazis,” “environmentalist wackos,” “commie libs” and popular Black individuals– particularly former President Barack Obama, died Wednesday. He was 70. His spouse announced his death on his radio program. “I understand that I am most definitely not the Limbaugh that you tuned in to listen to today,” Kathryn Limbaugh stated. “I, like you, quite dream Rush was behind this golden microphone right now, inviting you to another extraordinary 3 hours of broadcasting. … It is with profound unhappiness I should show you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away today due to problems from lung cancer.” Former President Donald Trump told Fox News on Wednesday he had talked to Limbaugh 3 or four days previously. “He was combating to the very end,” Trump said in his very first public comments considering that he left office last month. “He is a legend. He really is.” Another previous president, George W. Bush, likewise regreted Limbaugh’s death. “While he was brash, sometimes controversial, and always opinionated, he spoke his mind as a voice for countless Americans and approached every day with gusto,” Bush stated in a declaration. “Rush Limbaugh was an indomitable spirit with a big heart, and he will be missed out on.” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden’s “condolences head out to the friends and family.” A day after the fatal January riot by a Trumpist mob in a bid to reverse Democrat Biden’s triumph in the November election, Limbaugh compared the intruders of the U.S. Capitol to the Revolutionary War patriots. “There’s a lot of people calling for completion of violence,” Limbaugh said on his radio program. “There’s a great deal of conservatives, social networks, who state that any violence or hostility at all is unacceptable. Regardless of the scenarios. I’m pleased Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, the actual tea party people, the males at Lexington and Concord didn’t feel that method.”

In December, he said conservative states were “trending toward secession.” As his cancer advanced, Limbaugh went off the air on Feb. 2, his mic was manned by replacements starting one week before Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial started. However there was no mistaking his viewpoint. “You didn’t win this thing reasonable and square, and we are not just going to be docile like we have actually remained in the past and disappear and wait ’til the next the election,” he told listeners 6 weeks after Biden won the election. The acerbic radio host, who utilized satirical invective to bring in and thrill countless fans and offend and infuriate millions of others, announced in February 2020 he had actually been detected with advanced lung cancer. A day later, then-President Trump granted him the Governmental Medal of Liberty in a surprise statement during the State of the Union speech. “This is not good news,” Trump said at the time, describing the medical diagnosis. “But what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet. Hurry Limbaugh: Thank you for your decades of steadfast commitment to our nation.” In October, Limbaugh told his listeners his condition was heading in the incorrect direction. “It is difficult to recognize that the days where I do not believe I’m under a death sentence are over,” Limbaugh said. “Now, all of us are, is the point. All of us understand that we’re going to pass away eventually, however when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a timespan to it, then that puts a different mental and even physical awareness to it.”

Days prior to Limbaugh’s update, he hosted a “radio rally” for Trump, with audio of a crowd chanting, “We enjoy you,” and the president promoting much of the two-hour event during his recovery from Covid-19. Limbaugh was key to the 1994 Republican politician takeover of Congress, which swept Rep. Newt Gingrich into your home speakership and ultimately led to the impeachment of President Expense Clinton. “Rush Limbaugh was the innovator who spoke for the Americans ignored and disrespected by the elites,” Trump lawyer Mayor Rudy Giuliani stated in a tweet after Limbaugh announced his cancer diagnosis. Hurry Hudson Limbaugh III was born Jan. 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. His father and grandfather were lawyers. The grandfather was offered the name Rush to honor a relative, Edna Rush. Limbaugh started his broadcast profession in 1971 as a 20-year-old Leading 40 DJ in western Pennsylvania after leaving of Southeast Missouri State University. Following a series of subsequent jobs, consisting of 5 years with Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals, he ultimately landed a talk program at KFBK in Sacramento, California, in 1984. He changed Morton Downey Jr., who resigned after jokingly utilizing a racist term about a city councilman of Chinese descent. At the time, daytime talk radio was mostly local. 4 years later, in 1988, Limbaugh sprang to nationwide prominence after he signed up with WABC-AM in New York, enticed by network executive Edward F. McLaughlin. Within two years, more than 5 million individuals were listening to “The Rush Limbaugh Program”– broadcast three hours a day, 5 days a week– on nearly 300 stations, media critic Lewis Grossberger composed in The New York Times Publication in late 1990.

Hurry Limbaugh in his radio studio in 1995. Mark Peterson|Corbis|Getty Images

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