Statement by Congressman Darrell Issa
America has lost an incomparable icon of broadcasting, media and the communication arts. The conservative movement has lost one of its most treasured and happy warriors. And we have lost a brave and generous friend like no other.
Rush Limbaugh was simply a giant – an almost daily presence in our lives for more than 30 years, he was one of history’s select few who can say he envisioned something that had never existed before, commanded its heights across five decades, and leaves a landscape of spectrum and substance that is his legacy alone.
It was more than the fact that he was a peerless radio host, though he was. Rush understood better than anyone we have ever seen the infinite power of one’s voice. His voice was inimitable, yet relatable. And while we didn’t use the word at the time, Rush’s brand was as distinctive as any before or since.
While his appeal spanned all 50 states and every corner of this country, his connection with conservatives complements that of even Ronald Reagan. Rush gave us something we always wanted: a national media platform free of mainstream gatekeepers. And he gave us something we always needed: a sense of humor.
Before there was anyone in what is now an immense media field, there was Rush. He was first. He was the best. And he will never be forgotten.
Rush Limbaugh: ‘I Have Been Diagnosed with Advanced Lung Cancer’
Groundbreaking radio pioneer and conservative icon Rush Limbaugh confirmed Monday that he was recently diagnosed with “advanced stage lung cancer,” announcing his medical condition during his live broadcast.
“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.”
“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today,” he said. “I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”
“I thought about not telling anybody,” he added. “It is what it is. You know me, I’m the Mayor of Realville, so, this has happened and my intention is to come here every day I can, and do this program as normally and competently and expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally.”
Read the full report at Fox News.
BREAKING NEWS: Radio Legend and Conservative Pioneer Rush Limbaugh Dies at 70 Years Old
Legendary broadcaster and Conservative radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 70 after a months-long battle with Stage IV lung cancer. His wife Kathryn confirmed the heart-breaking news at the start of today’s show.
“For over 32 years, Rush has cherished you, his loyal audience, and always looked forward to every single show. It is with profound sadness I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer,” said wife Kathryn Limbaugh.
“As so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult. Even more so when that loved one is larger than life. Rush will forever be the greatest of all time. Rush was an extraordinary man, a gentle giant, brilliant, quick-witted, genuinely kind, extremely generous, passionate, courageous, and the hardest working person I know,” she added. Listen to Kathryn Limbaugh’s comments above.
From Fox New:
Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed talk radio and politics in his decades behind the microphone, helping shape the modern-day Republican Party, died Wednesday at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced.
Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show.
The radio icon learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address days later. First lady Melania Trump then presented America’s highest civilian honor to Limbaugh in an emotional moment on the heels of his devastating cancer diagnosis.
In his final radio broadcast of 2020, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters, revealing at the time that he had outlived his prognosis.
“I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”