Celebs, media pundits and politicians alike are paying tribute to Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio talk titan who died Wednesday.
Limbaugh’s wife Kathryn confirmed his death at the beginning of Limbaugh’s radio show, from which he’s been absent for almost two weeks. The 70-year-old radio icon, who made right-wing radio financially viable in American media and himself a Republican kingmaker years before Fox News, revealed in 2020 that his lung cancer was terminal.
Donald Trump Jr. called Limbaugh “a true American legend” on Twitter.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro also offered his thoughts.
“RIP Rush Limbaugh, the creator of talk radio and by extension the alternative media, an indispensable and iconic conservative voice,” Shapiro tweeted.
Bill O’Reilly reflected on Limbaugh’s iconic career.
“The legacy of Rush Limbaugh is clear: the most successful radio broadcaster in history. Mr. Limbaugh provided a conservative balance against the dangerous left wing corporate media machine,” he tweeted.
Former Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs also referred to Limbaugh as a “great American” on Twitter.
“Broadcast Legend Rush Limbaugh has died. His legions of fans will miss him, and his powerful and bright contribution to our national dialogue is a treasure that will endure for decades to come,” Dobbs tweeted. “Rush Limbaugh, a great American, dead at 70. God bless you Rush.”
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton wrote on Twitter: “Rush Limbaugh was a giant. With his straightforward, simple articulation of conservatism, he inspired millions. He was one-of-a-kind and he will be missed.”
Fellow conservative TV host Jeanine Pirro referred to the late host as an “icon.”
“An icon of conservative thinking and a master of communication. We have lost a great American. Rest in peace, Rush Limbaugh,” Pirro tweeted.
Commentator Steven Crowder said Limbaugh paved the way for conservative radio.
“No conservative would have a voice on ANY platform today if not for Rush Limbaugh. The world is a sadder place with him not in it,” he tweeted.
Contributing: Maria Puente