Rush Hudson Limbaugh III was a radio personality and a conservative political commentator. He hosted a show titled “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” which was nationally syndicated by ABC Radio from New York City, New York, United States on AM and FM radio stations.
A proponent of American exceptionalism, Limbaugh described himself as conservative, made controversial race-related statements about African Americans and rejected the scientific consensus on climate change. He was critical of feminism, believed that homosexual sexual practices are unhygienic and mocked the deaths of gay individuals from HIV/AIDS.
Limbaugh’s father Rush Hudson Limbaugh II was a lawyer while his grandfather while his grandfather Rush Hudson Limbaugh served as a U.S. ambassador to India under 34th U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Here are 13 more things about the late radio host:
- He was born in in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA. (a)
- When he was 9 years old, he received a toy radio called Remco Caravelle, which could transmit on AM frequencies up to 500 feet away. (a)
- In 1970, he enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. (a)
- He only attended Southeast Missouri State University for one year. He left the school to pursue a career in radio. In February 1971, He worked as a to disc jock at WIXZ in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA. He was fired from the station due to personality conflict with the program director. (b)
- He was married four times but he did not have any children. He was married to Roxy Maxine McNeely from 1997 to 1980, to Michelle Sixta from 1983 to 1990, to Marta Fitzgerald from 1994 to 2004 and to Kathryn Rogers from 2010 to 2021. (c)
- In the mid-1980s, he worked as a ticket salesman for the Major League Baseball team Kansas City Royals. (a)
- On August 1, 1988, his show “The Rush Limbaugh Show” premiered. (a)
- In 1995, he appeared as himself in the romantic comedy film “Forget Paris,” which starred Billy Crystal and Debra Winger. (d)
- In October 2003, he admitted to being addicted to prescription painkillers. (a)
- In 2007, he played the U.S. president in the television series “The 1/2 Hour News Hour.” From 2007 to 2011, he voiced various characters in the TV series “Family Guy.” (d)
- A Donald Trump fan, he strongly opposed Barack Obama during the 2008 U.S. presidential election and spread false claims that the 44th U.S. president, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, was a non-citizen not born in the U.S. (e)
- On February 3, 2020, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. On February 4, 2020, he was Trump’s guest at the 2020 State of the Union Address and was presented by Melania Trump with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (a) (f)
- On February 17, 2021, he died after a battle with advanced lung cancer. He was 70. (a)