According to Fox News, iconic conservative political radio host Rush Limbaugh has passed away at the age of 70 following a long battle with lung cancer.

Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show.

It was in January of 2020 that we learned that he had Stage IV lung cancer.

It was just a few days later that he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address.

According to Wikipedia, Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was born in Cape Girardeau, MO on January 12th, 1951.  At the age of 16, he got his first job in radio at local station KGMO.  An athelte, he played football in high school.  Following high school, he attended Southeast Missouri State University, but quit after two semesters.  In 1971, at the age of 20, he got his first full time job in radio at a station in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.  Following that job, he worked for a station in Pittsburgh.  It was at that job that he became a lifelong fan if the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Following a string of jobs at radio stations across the country, he landed at New York City's WABC in 1988.  A short time later, his show was syndicated.  The show remains syndicated to this day.

You can read more about his life and political views HERE

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