Rush Limbaugh, a famed conservative radio host, died on Wednesday, February 17. He was 70 years old.
Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, confirmed his death from lung cancer on his popular radio show.
The broadcast pioneer first announced that he was diagnosed with the disease on his show in February 2020.
“I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you,” he said at the time, revealing he was diagnosed the month prior. “It’s a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today. I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”
He regarded disclosing the health update as “one of the most difficult days in recent memory” since he had been anticipating it.
The following day, former U.S. President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “He is the greatest fighter and winner you will ever meet,” Trump, 74, said during the 2020 State of the Union address. “Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country … in recognition of all you have done for our nation, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”