Conservative US radio host Rush Limbaugh dies aged 70

Popular talk show personality died from lung cancer, family says

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh dies aged 70

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh dies aged 70
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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh died from cancer at the age of 70.

Limbaugh hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show, a nationally syndicated political talk show that broadcast on AM and FM airwaves.

“Rush will forever be the greatest of all time. Rush was an extraordinary man, a gentle giant," his wife, Kathryn Limbaugh, said on his radio show on Wednesday.

“He was the hardest working person I know.”

Limbaugh was found to have stage-four lung cancer in January last year. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former president Donald Trump shortly after.

Limbaugh pioneered conservative talk radio and was revered by millions of listeners.

He was also a big supporter of Mr Trump.

"He was fighting to the very end. He was a fighter. He was just a great gentleman," Mr Trump told Fox News.  "He was a fantastic man, a fantastic talent."

Mr Trump’s son Donald Jr wrote on Twitter: “RIP Rush. A true American legend.”