The pioneer of conservative talk radio Rush Limbaugh died at age 70 following a fight with lung cancer, his family announced Wednesday.
Limbaugh transformed the political talk radio landscape, launching “The Rush Limbaugh Show” 33 years ago and broadcasting to millions of listeners for decades.
First Lady Melania Trump presented Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at President Donald Trump’s final State of the Union address last year, one day after the host revealed he had advanced-stage lung cancer.
“Thank you for your decades of devotion to our country,” Trump said in the prime time Capitol address.
Limbaugh later said he initially had surgery scheduled for 5:00 p.m. the day of the speech but changed his schedule to be in attendance with no idea he would be granted the highest civilian honor.
“Remember, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I had no clue. He’s told me he’s going to present me with the Presidential