Rush Limbaugh Dies at Age of 70

Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer, his family has announced. He was 70 years old.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show today.

There will be time to look back at Rush’s legacy and the influence it will carry for decades to come. In short, Limbaugh is the greatest radio host to ever live. There will never be another one, and there never should be. 

My thoughts from December:

Long ago, Limbaugh established his legacy as the most influential, important political voice in the country. In fact, no single personality has changed the landscape like he has. It remains a treat today to listen to Rush Limbaugh open the mic for three hours, with no guests, on a wide range of the most critical topics.

Those who knew Rush say he was an even better man. 

We at OutKick send our condolences to the Limbaugh family. 

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. Rush dear Rush, i have listened since 1991 when i returned to college. I turned my life around that year in large part because Rush with me wherever i travelled in my journey.

    millions of others traveled with Rush.
    millions of us Love Rush.
    Millions learned from Rush.

    Please say hello to my brothers, my father and grandmother in heaven RIP EL Rushbo!!! The Maha Rushie! Talent On Loan From GOD!!!

  2. RIP Rush. You will be missed. I feel like Bobby. I travel for work often, and having you as a companion for a few hours a day during the week always made everything a little better, and a little brighter.

    May your movement and commitment to truth and honesty in journalism and media continue to persevere and grow.

  3. Roughly 1992 through 1999, my summers of working were a steady diet of Stern, followed by Rush. If you’re of a certain age, you remember when Stern wasn’t the woke shell of his former self. And Stern’s show was probably the more entertaining of the two. But Rush was the more important and more influential voice for me. He was able to frame things in a way that I’d never considered before, and take so many disparate news stories and effortless tie the thread together in a way that even his maybe more unsophisticated listeners could easily understand. He was the original ‘Beautiful Mind’, taking all of those strings on the bulletin board and distilling it down to an accessible message. There are a lot of great Rush-clones out there now, but they’re definitely clones; he’ll always be the root of the tree.

  4. We debate a lot about who the G.O.A.T. is of different sports. There is no debate about who the G.O.A.T. of talk radio is. Rush was and will always be the greatest. His impact on millions of people and multiple generations, (3 generations in my family) will never be matched. I will miss him tremendously. God Bless Rush Limbaugh.

  5. I turned the radio to Rush’s show just after 12:00 (not knowing any news) and his wife Katherine came on. After her first words my heart sank because I knew even before she said it that Rush must have passed. An American treasure has left us, but we’ll never forget him. A great patriot, an icon of conservatism, and an unwavering warrior. RIP Rush, your shoes will be impossible to fill.

  6. RIP dear Rush. My husband and I were driving from Las Vegas to visit Hoover Dam in the late summer of 1988 when we first tuned in to your voice. I asked my husband, “Who is that?” He is speaking to us! We remained loyal listeners until your last show. The GOAT on radio.

  7. My first mistake after hearing that Rush had passed was reading a liberal online newspaper article (USA Today) about his life. I wasn’t two paragraphs in before the writer was calling Rush a drug addict who had been arrested. I quit reading the article and then I started laughing and said to myself, “Even in death Rush is driving the liberals crazy!” Rush, you are the greatest! For almost 30 years I have traveled daily for my job. I looked forward to listening at noon every day. We will miss you dearly Rush and we pray for Kathryn. So long for now.

  8. As a person who has listened to Rush for over 30 years on the EIB (Excellence in Broadcasting), it hurt me dearly that he has passed. As as sit here writing this message with actual tears coming out, I’ve lost a truly great friend. I never met Rush but for 3 hours a day he was my best friend. God Bless Rush Limbaugh.

  9. At 70 years old, and having listened to the MahaRushie since 1989, I have no idea what I’ll do from noon until three now. He was such an influence on me and my family, and his common sense approach to the political spectrum will never be equalled. I will miss him badly, and extend my deepest condolences to his family and followers. Rest in peace, my friend.

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