The conservative talk show icon Rush Limbaugh has passed away of lung cancer. He was 70 years old.
His wife Kathryn opened Limbaugh’s radio show Thursday to confirm his death. The broadcaster had been absent from the program for nearly two weeks.
Limbaugh resonated with conservatives in ways that were revolutionary in the 1990s. Before Fox News, Newsmax, OAN or any online conservative media sites, there was Rush. He helped to define the message for the Americans in the middle of the country, speaking up as a conservative voice for the middle class. His appeal made him one of the most successful media stars of all time.
A hugely controversial figure who was both loved and hated by many, Limbaugh was a constant proponent for freedom of speech. In 2020 at the State of the Union Address, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump.