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Rush Limbaugh
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Rush Limbaugh during the 2020 State of the Union Address in February
Rush Hudson Limbaugh III

(1951-01-12)January 12, 1951
DiedFebruary 17, 2021(2021-02-17) (aged 70)[1]
Cause of deathProblems caused by lung cancer
Alma materSoutheast Missouri State University (did not graduate)
OccupationRadio host, political commentator, author, television host (former)
Years active1967–2021
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Roxy Maxine McNeely (1977–1980, divorced)
Michelle Sixta (1983–1990, divorced)
Marta Fitzgerald (1994–2004, divorced)
Kathryn Rogers (2010–2021)
Rush Limbaugh (2009)

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (/ˈlɪmbɔː/, LIM-baw; January 12, 1951 – February 17, 2021) was an American conservative radio talk show host and writer. He was the host of The Rush Limbaugh show where callers could call in and express their opinions.


Leftist critic Media Matters said some of his views were sexist.[2][3] The 2015 documentary The Brainwashing Of My Dad discusses how his program could radicalize people into sharing such views.[4]

Works and honors

In the 1990s, Limbaugh's books The Way Things Ought to Be (1992) and See, I Told You So (1993) made The New York Times Best Seller list.

He was one of the most highly paid people in the US media.Template:How much

President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 2020 during the State of the Union Address.[5]

Health and death

He went deaf and received a cochlear implant in 2001.[6]

Limbaugh was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in January 2020.[7] Nine months later in October, he said that his cancer was terminal.[8] Limbaugh died from problems caused by the disease in Palm Beach, Florida on February 17, 2021, a month after his 70th birthday.[9]


  1. Nelson, Steven. "Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio host, dead at 70". 
  2. "Rush Limbaugh's Decades Of Sexism And Misogyny". 5 March 2012. 
  3. "Media Matters search page". 
  4. Yamato, Jen (2015-07-31) (in en). How Fox News Made My Dad Crazy. Retrieved 2019-12-22. 
  5. Collins, Kaitlan (February 4, 2020). "Trump says he will award Rush Limbaugh with Medal of Freedom". CNN. 
  6. Boswell, Susan (December 15, 2018). "Limbaugh Receives Cochlear Implant". doi:10.1044/leader.ftr2.07012002.1 . 
  7. Gorman, Steve (February 3, 2020). "Radio host Rush Limbaugh announces lung cancer diagnosis on air". Reuters. Retrieved February 3, 2020. 
  8. Valinsky, Jordan (October 20, 2020). "Rush Limbaugh says his lung cancer is terminal". CNN. 
  9. Flood, Brian (February 17, 2021). "Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70". Retrieved February 17, 2021. 

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