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Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has died

Rush Limbaugh

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Rush Limbaugh, a well-known conservative talk radio host, has died following a bout with cancer according to his wife.

Limbaugh had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer a little more than one year ago. He shared the news at that time with listeners on his program.

Though he has missed some time since, Limbaugh remained active and on the air through his treatment.

Limbaugh called himself the "mayor of Realville" in announcing his illness.

He'd been experiencing shortness of breath that he initially thought might be heart-related but turned out to be a pulmonary malignancy.

Former president Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during his final the State of the Union address.

Limbaugh, 70, had been a staunch supporter of Trump who called him "the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet.''

Limbaugh is widely credited as key to Republicans’ takeover of Congress in 1994 and has strongly supported Trump and other Republicans.

His popularity has survived brickbats and thrived despite personal ordeals. In 2003, Limbaugh admitted an addiction to painkillers and entered rehabilitation.

He is widely considered the most influential talk radio host in history.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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