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Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio host, dead at 70

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FILE – This Jan. 13, 2009 file photo shows conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh talks with former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, left, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Limbaugh says he’s been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Addressing listeners on his program Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, he said he will take some days off for further medical tests and to determine treatment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on Limbaugh’s Thursday radio show, from which he’s been absent for almost two weeks.

The right-wing broadcaster was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Feb. 4, one day after he announced his diagnosis.

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President Donald Trump opens his arms to Rush Limbaugh as he arrives to speaks during a rally at Show Me Center, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Rush began his radio in the 1970’s and his show “The Rush Limbaugh Show” has been nationally syndicated since 1988.

Limbaugh’s got inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. His show was named the most listened-to in the U.S. in 2019.