UPDATED 9:58 AM PT — Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh recently revealed he has advanced lung cancer. The 69-year-old made the announcement on his radio show Monday, and explained the diagnosis came after experiencing shortness of breath. He made the following statement:
“I wish I didn’t have to tell you this, and I thought about not trying to tell anybody. I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing, because I don’t like making things about me. But, there are going to be days that I’m not going to be able to be here, because I will be undergoing treatment or I’m reacting to treatment.”
Many were quick to offer encouraging words of support and well wishes, including Vice President Mike Pence. He referred to Limbaugh as a “national treasure,” while taking to Twitter Monday.
Rush Limbaugh is a National Treasure who has made a difference on the airwaves of America for 30 years. Rush, Karen and I will be joining millions across this Country in praying for your swift recovery. God Bless You!
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) February 3, 2020
Limbaugh is known for his impact on conservative radio and is a staunch supporter of President Trump, who also praised him on Twitter following the announcement of his diagnosis. The president wished Limbaugh a speedy recovery and said there is nobody like him.
“From day one, he’s been so incredible,” President Trump stated at a campaign rally. “Good times, bad times, he doesn’t waver because he’s tough as hell.”
Limbaugh began his nationally syndicated show 31 years ago and plans to be back on-air Thursday.
“My intention is to come here everyday I can and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day, because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction,” stated the radio host.