(RoyalPatriot.com)- Kathryn Limbaugh, the wife of conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh, appeared on her husband’s show on Wednesday morning to deliver the tragic news that her husband had passed away following a long fight against lung cancer.
“Hello everyone, I know that I am most certainly not the Limbaugh that you tuned in to listen to today. I, like you, very much wish Rush was behind this golden microphone right now, welcoming you to another exceptional three hours of broadcasting,” she said.
BREAKING: Rush Limbaugh’s wife Kathryn announces on his radio show that he passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer
“Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.” pic.twitter.com/FSJTfmX8ZO
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 17, 2021
“It is with profound sadness, I must share with you directly, that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer,” she continued, announcing the news that conservatives have feared for over a year since he announced his diagnosis.
Limbaugh became one of the most loved radio hosts by conservatives, having hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show for some 32 years. In January 2020 he revealed that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, prompting then-President Donald Trump to award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
First Lady Melania Trump presented him with the medal during the State of the Union address.
Rush Limbaugh had over 20 C-SPAN appearances, including when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the 2020 State of the Union Address. https://t.co/3jvuqdkg3s RIP. pic.twitter.com/JFtgK1cwMz
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 17, 2021
Limbaugh continued hosting his show throughout his treatment, occasionally welcoming in guest presenters to take over on days that he couldn’t make it.
Earlier this week, Limbaugh spiked the curiosity of the press after failing to appear on his show for several days.
Limbaugh has been a household name in radio for decades, having been indicted to the. Radio Hall of Fame in 1993, and to the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998. His show had 15 million listeners at its peak.
In recent years, Limbaugh was one of President Donald Trump’s closest confidantes. The former president issued a press release on Wednesday, paying tribute to the radio host.
“He was with me right from the beginning. And he liked what I said and he agreed with what I said. And he was just a great gentleman. Great man,” Trump also said, in his first post-presidency interview with Fox.
“He was a very unique guy. And he had tremendous insight. He got it. He really got it,” he added.
Limbaugh leaves a giant hole in the conservative media landscape.