Rush Limbaugh, a monumental force for conservatism and a talk radio legend who reigned over the airwaves for more than three decades, died Thursday from lung cancer. He was 70 years old.
Limbaugh’s wife Kathryn made the sad announcement Thursday morning on Limbaugh’s syndicated radio show, reaching out to the radio host’s millions of fans in a statement. “Losing a loved one is terribly difficult,” she said, “even more so when that loved one is larger than life. Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”
Rush Limbaugh wielded tremendous influence in both politics and media, establishing himself early on as a master of the talk radio medium, pulling in listeners from coast-to-coast and giving a voice to conservatives, long locked out of entertainment.
Limbaugh’s love of radio began early. He became a “helper” at a radio station near his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri at just 16 years old. He eventually graduated to disc jockey, then moved