[guest post by Dana]
His passing was announced this morning:
Conservative talk show radio host and Republican party icon Rush Limbaugh has died. He was 70 years old.
His wife Kathryn announced his passing on his radio show Wednesday, saying Limbaugh died earlier this morning.
“Rush will forever be the greatest of all time,” she said.
Limbaugh had been battling advanced lung cancer since February.
Back in October, Limbaugh provided this somber update on his show: “You know, I wake up every day and thank God that I did. I go to bed every night praying I’m gonna wake up. I don’t know how many of you do that, those of you who are not sick, those of you who are not facing something like I and countless other millions are.”
Love him or hate him, it cannot be argued that for decades the iconic conservative was one of the most influential and listened-to people on the right. His influence extended from the everyday Americans who faithfully listened to his program, to the Republican party, and to Republican members of Congress. He was not only known for his influence within the GOP but also as a leader in America’s culture wars. There can be no doubt that he was the dominant force in shaping right-wing media. And there can also be no doubt that Limbaugh’s on-air support of Donald Trump helped propel him to the presidency as listeners ended up supporting the candidate in 2016, and again in 2020. That speaks to the incredible influence he had on conservative Americans and their politics.
His obituary can be found at the New York Times..