Rush Limbaugh, radio host and political commentator, has reportedly died today. It comes after the presenter suffered a short battle with lung cancer.
The US star was married four times, with the first three marriages ending in divorce.
He is survived by his current wife, Kathryn Rogers, who he wed in 2010.
Rush’s wife shared a heartbreaking message announcing the devastating news on his radio show.
She said: “Rush will forever be the greatest of all time. Rush was an extraordinary man. A gentle giant. Brilliant, quick-witted, genuinely kind. Extremely generous. Passionate. Courageous. And the hardest working person I know.”
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“From today on, there will be a tremendous void in our lives, and on the radio.”
She continued: “Rush encouraged so many of us to think for ourselves. To learn and to lead.
“He often said it did not matter where you started or what you look like, as Americans we all have endless opportunities like nowhere else in the world.
“On behalf of the Limbaugh family, I would personally like to thank each and every one of you who prayed for Rush and inspired him to keep going. You rallied around Rush and lifted him up when he needed you the most…”
Kathryn concluded: .”I am certain, without a shadow of a doubt, if he could be here today, he would be. He loved you, and he loved this radio program with every part of his being.
“Instead, we know our Rush is in heaven, encouraging everyone in the same we he did on earth.
“In Rush’s honour, 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 terrible sorry to have to deliver this news to you. God bless you Rush. And God bless our country.”
Best known as the host of the long-running talk radio programme The Rush Limbaugh Show, he was a leading figure in the conservative movement for many years.
Three presidents appeared on his show, including former US President Donald Trump as well as George Bush Senior and his son George W Bush.
Rush received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020.
Despite his popularity across the United States, the notable figure also held some controversial views.