Iconic radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday morning from complications related to stage four lung cancer, his wife Kathryn announced at the beginning of the show’s broadcast.
“I know that I am most certainly not the Limbaugh you tuned in to listen to today,” she said to begin her announcement. “I, like you, very much wish Rush was behind this microphone right now.”
“It is with profound sadness I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning from complications from lung cancer,” she said with a tremor in her voice.
“Rush will forever be the greatest of all time,” Kathryn Limbaugh eugologized her husband, speaking of his kindness and respect for others, even while in the hospital with staff members during his last days.
“A tremendous void”
“From today on there will be a tremendous void in our lives and of course on the radio. Rush loved our miraculous country beyond measure” along with the military, flag and founding fathers, she said.
She added, “He proudly fought and defended conservative values in a way that no one else can,” and spoke of America as a place of unparalleled opportunities.
Rush had “irreplaceable, remarkable talent,” his wife declared. He was on the radio as a conservative talk host for 32 years and spent most of that time as the top-rated radio host on all of the platform.
His show drew tens of millions of weekly listeners who tuned in to hear him talk about conservative issues, personalities, and other news that interested him and his listeners.
“May we all continue Rush’s mission”
Rush’s last day on the air was February 2, but this was not unusual because in recent months, he had missed a week or more at a time due to what he called “treatment week” and the fatigue that it caused.
Kathryn thanked the audience for their prayers and for supporting Limbaugh, and told the audience that he loved them and was now encouraging them from heaven.
“May we all continue Rush’s mission in our individual lives and communities,” she finished her statement.
Limbaugh is irreplaceable in the conservative media, and his loss will reverberate far across conservatism for a long time to come.
God bless you, Mr. Limbaugh, and may you enjoy your eternal reward!