Rush Limbaugh, the right wing media icon who reshaped conservative politics, died Wednesday after battling with advanced cancer. He was 70 years old.
Limbaugh died after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced, according to a report by Fox News.
“Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life,” Kathryn Limbaugh said. “Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”
Limbaugh announced in February last year that he had been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. He continued to host his show while undergoing treatment, and he told listeners that he remained hopeful he would defeat the disease.
Trump awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a President can bestow on a civilian, during his State of the Union address last year.
The decision to award Limbaugh the medal ignited fury among those who pointed to the radio host’s divisive rhetoric and inflammatory comments.