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Rush Limbaugh announces advanced lung cancer

At the end of his show on Monday, veteran conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh announced he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

Limbaugh then told his audience that his job has provided him with the “greatness satisfaction and happiness” of his life.

“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today,” he said. “I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”

Limbaugh has hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show since 1988. The show has aired live from Limbaugh’s home studio in West Palm Beach, Florida since 1996. Limbaugh began his career in 1967 as a radio DJ at various stations in Pittsburgh and Missouri. After a brief hiatus, Limbaugh returned to radio in 1984 at KFBK-AM in Sacramento, California, adopting a talk, political commentary, and listener phone-in format to his show. In 1988, Limbaugh started at WABC-AM in New York City where he became a prominent media figure.


He was born on January 12, 1951 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri as Rush Hudson Limbaugh III. He is an actor, known for Forget Paris (1995), The Drew Carey Show (1995) and The ½ Hour News Hour (2007). He has been married to Kathryn Rogers since June 5, 2010.

In 2001 the baritone radio personality announced he was going deaf with his diagnosis of Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED). He eventually had ground-breaking surgery with the surgical installation of a cochlear implant in his ears.  The hearing loss usually affects both ears, often accompanied by a ringing, hissing, or roaring sound in the ear. AIED is rare, occurring in less than 1% of all cases involving hearing loss and dizziness. Doctors believe it is caused by the body’s immune system attacking the inner ear and damaging the hearing nerve.

In the closing moments of Limbaugh’s Monday, Feb. 3 show, he became quiet and then made the startling announcement. He stated that he is ready for the journey and that his faith will sustain him, no matter the outcome. “I have a very deep and personal relationship with God,” Limbaugh stated.

“I thought about not telling anybody,” he said. “It is what it is. You know me, I’m the mayor of realville, s, this has happened and my intention is to come here every day I can, and do this program as normally and competently and expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally.”

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice News