Conservative radio host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh revealed that he has been diagnosed with “advanced lung cancer,” announcing the news at the close of his radio show Monday.
Limbaugh said he sought medical help after experiencing “shortness of breath,” and will miss upcoming shows to undergo treatment.
“Even though people are telling me it’s not the way to look at it, I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with this,” Limbaugh said. “My intention is to come here every day I can, and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day.” He added that he was experiencing “zero symptoms” at present, and planned to return to the show on Thursday after a two-day absence.
A highly controversial figure throughout his career, Limbaugh has enjoyed the support of many Republican politicians, including Presidents Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. His long-running radio show, which launched in national syndication in 1988, has been a staple of conservative political media for many years and is the most-listened-to radio program in the U.S. Limbaugh renewed his contract with a “long-term agreement” in January, prior to his diagnosis.
You can watch Limbaugh announce his cancer diagnosis in the video above.