Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday morning at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced.

Limbaugh was diagnosed with lung cancer in late January 2020, telling fans while on the air that he would miss some upcoming recordings because of either receiving or recovering from treatment.

By October, Limbaugh said the cancer appeared to be heading "in the wrong direction" and was "terminal."

Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show. "Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life," she said. "Rush will forever be the greatest of all time."

According to the show's website, the program that began 33 years ago on national syndication with only 56 radio stations grew to be the most listened-to radio show in the United States, airing on more than 600 stations.

In his final radio broadcast of 2020, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters, revealing at the time that he had outlived his prognosis.

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