Kathryn Limbaugh announced Monday that there will be a virtual memorial service for her late husband, conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh, in the coming weeks.
“We are in the initial stages of planning a celebration of life that can be seen by the entire audience, friends and family at some point in the near future. We do not have an exact date yet, we are working on part of the logistics” he said, noting that the virtual ceremony was due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday’s edition of “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” Kathryn Limbaugh spoke about how she met and married Rush and how her initial impression of him did not match how the media portrayed him.
He then received phone calls from longtime listeners of the show, who discussed the connections he made with them via radio.
“We had someone who could help us feel the words he was saying, and then we could put that into our daily lives,” said a caller. “It made us feel like it was us.”
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Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday at age 70 of complications from lung cancer. Host of “The Rush Limbaugh Show” since 1988, he became one of the most listened to radio personalities in the country and one of the most influential figures in modern conservatism.
Tributes came from the right after his death, and even former President Donald Trump broke weeks of public silence to praise him. Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year, shortly after making his diagnosis public.
Former Vice President Mike Pence said Limbaugh inspired him to enter talk radio in Indiana, which he used as a springboard to run for the House of Representatives and rise to governor of Indiana and eventually Trump’s vice president.
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Limbaugh’s curt invective also earned him numerous critics on the left, and even among some conservatives who disliked his kind of politics.