PALM BEACH, Florida — Radio superstar Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday morning of advanced lung cancer at the age of 70.
The announcement came from his wife Kathryn during the opening segment of the broadcaster’s national program.
“It is with profound sadness that I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer,” Mrs. Limbaugh said.
“Rush will forever be the greatest of all time,” she continued.
His “Excellence in Broadcasting” network aired sounds clips of Rush Limbaugh himself, referring to the day he would pass away.
“The day is gonna come when I’m not gonna be able to do this,” Rush said in one clip. “Even when the day comes, I’d like to be here. I have this sense of needing to show my appreciation.”
Kathryn praised her husband as an “irreplaceable, remarkable talent.”
“Rush was an extraordinary man, a gentle giant, quick-witted,” she explained, “the hardest working person I know … He was polite and respectful to everyone he met.”
“From today on there will be a tremendous void ion our lives and, of course, in our country.”
“Rush often stood up and took arrows on his own because he knew it was the right thing to do.”
“Rush gave us hope that through hard work and determination we can be our best.”
“On behalf of the Limbaugh family, I would personally like to thank each and everyone of you who prayed for Rush and inspired him to keep going. … He loved you and he loved this radio program with every part of his being.”
“In Rush’s honor, may we all continue Rush’s mission in our individual lives and communities. … I know all of you listening are terribly sad. We all are. I’m terribly sorry to have to deliver this news to you. God bless you, Rush, and God bless our country,” Kathryn concluded.
This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.
This article was originally published by the WND News Center.