Rush Limbaugh, the United States conservative radio host who spent more than four decades on the air, has died at aged 70 after a battle with cancer, his family said Wednesday.
News of Limbaugh's death was announced by his wife Kathryn on his radio show.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honour in the US - in February of 2020.
Limbaugh, the leading voice of the conservative movement, succumbed to his battle with lung cancer at the age of 70 after getting his Stage 4 diagnosis in January 2020. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address days later.
In October, Limbaugh said his cancer was terminal.
"This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and victor that you will ever meet". "Now, we all are, is the point". He's been a friend for nearly 30 years and all of us are praying for him.
The familiar voices of the programs' guest hosts will be used in the show when needed to guide Rush's audio from one topic to another, but Rush will be the predominant voice heard for the three-hour Monday-Friday show, the AM Daily Update and The Week in Review three-hour show.
He started in radio in 1971 as a Top 40 music DJ in Pennsylvania.
Fox News on Wednesday described him as "one of the most influential media figures in American history" who "has played a consequential role in conservative politics" since starting his show in 1988.