Veteran conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh revealed to his listeners that he was recently diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, and will miss several upcoming shows due to treatment.
Limbaugh, 69, made the announcement on Monday, telling the audience he was diagnosed on January 20 and will be undergoing therapy. He added that he hopes to be back to work on Thursday.
“I feel like I’m letting everybody down. Every day I’m not here, I’ll be missing you and thinking about you,” he said before signing off.
“Every day I’m not here, I’ll be missing you and thinking about you,” Limbaugh said as he signed off. He also said he hopes to be back on Thursday.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) February 3, 2020
Limbaugh is the most-listened-to radio show host in the US, with an estimated 14 million listeners – and the second-highest-paid, at $84 million a year.
Just heard the terrible news about Rush Limbaugh having advanced stage lung cancer.
Filling in for him as a guest host was one of the greatest honors of my life.
We’ll be praying for Rush and his family during these challenging times. https://t.co/o1EV1R5SAT
— Jason Lewis (@LewisForMN) February 3, 2020
He has been a voice for conservative politics since the days of Ronald Reagan, hosting a syndicated radio show starting in 1988 and starting the trend of conservative talk radio.
TODAY’S SEAN HANNITY SHOW will be dedicated to Sean’s reaction to the news breaking that Rush Limbaugh has announced that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our great friend Rush, and his family… @knssradio pic.twitter.com/z8RSyDFrLt
— KNSS Radio (@knssradio) February 3, 2020
The news has caused an outpouring of support from conservatives across the US, including fellow talk show hosts Wayne Dupree and Michael Savage.
Folks, it’s time to start praying for Rush. https://t.co/taO0QuQLZL
— Wayne Dupree 🎙🎥 (@WayneDupreeShow) February 3, 2020
I personally wish RUSH LIMBAUGH a painless recovery from his LUNG CANCER. And want to thank him for opening the door to so many in talk radio. GET WELL SOON RUSH!
— Michael Savage (@ASavageNation) February 3, 2020
I just heard the news that Rush Limbaugh has advanced lung cancer.
I’m going to show you how this should be done:
I wish Rush a speedy and complete recovery from his cancer.
Human being pro-tip: don’t wish cancer on *anyone*…even on your adversaries.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 3, 2020
President Donald Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany also sent a message of support. Trump praised Limbaugh at a Miami, Florida rally just last month – and let slip that he had just signed another four-year syndication contract.
My heart and prayers go out to Rush Limbaugh, who has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
He has inspired a generation to enter politics, including myself.
We are fighting with you, Rush!!!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) February 3, 2020
Limbaugh has smoked cigars for decades, and is on the record calling them “just a tremendous addition to the enjoyment of life.” He has also struggled with addiction to prescription opioids over the years. He also went deaf due to an autoimmune condition in 2001, but was able to get back to work after receiving a bionic cochlear implant.
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