Published Feb 17, 2021Rush Limbaugh — the controversial right-wing American political pundit, media personality, radio host and former television presenter — has died at the age of 70.
The news was confirmed via Limbaugh's wife Kathryn, who announced his death on his radio show. Limbaugh died today after a battle with lung cancer.
Limbaugh's undeniable success over the years was fraught with controversy. He was routinely accused of reporting inaccuracies on his show and was also accused of making misogynistic, homophobic, racist and other offensive statements.
In 2006, Limbaugh came under fire for claiming that Michael J. Fox had exaggerated the effects of his Parkinson's disease in order to advocate for the funding of stem cell research. More recently, Limbaugh claimed that COVID-19 was essentially the common cold.
In 2016, Limbaugh weirdly praised Caribou's admittedly excellent single "Can't Do Without You" on his show. He called it his "new favourite song of all time right now, folks... I've been grooving to it in every free moment that I have."
Caribou's Dan Snaith responded, telling Rush Limbaugh to "fuck off" and demanding that he either "stop being a bigot" or stop playing the song on his show.