Rush Limbaugh, Conservative Radio Icon, Dies At 70 | Forbes

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The talk show host Rush Limbaugh, an influential fixture of the right for decades, died Wednesday morning at the age of 70 from lung cancer, according to his family.

Limbaugh has been one of the leading voices of the conservative movement since he launched his nationally syndicated midday radio show in 1988, boasting an audience of 15 million at the show’s peak. Though widely considered one of the country’s most influential commercial broadcasters, Limbaugh was far from universally loved, leaving behind a polarizing legacy. His crude and provocative style earned him a large and loyal following, but also left many offended, with his commentary on race and gender particularly divisive. Limbaugh is widely considered to be monumental in shaping the modern Republican Party.

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