Who were Rush Limbaugh's 4 wives? Kathryn Rogers confirms conservative icon’s death to cancer at 70 on radio show

'It is with profound sadness that I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer,' Kathryn said


                            Who were Rush Limbaugh's 4 wives? Kathryn Rogers confirms conservative icon’s death to cancer at 70 on radio show
Radio personality Rush Limbaugh embraces his wife Kathryn Rogers (Getty Images)

Rush Limbaugh, the conservative commentator who helped shape the modern-day Republic Party and was the self-proclaimed "Doctor of Democracy", died Wednesday morning, February 17, 2021, at 70 after a battle with lung cancer. Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn Rogers, announced on his radio show that her husband passed away due to complications from lung cancer.

"For over 32 years, Rush has cherished you, his loyal audience, and always looked forward to every single show. It is with profound sadness that I must share with you directly that our beloved Rush, my wonderful husband, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer," Kathryn said. "As so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life."

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Radio talk show host and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh (Getty Images)

Rush Limbaugh's professional life

Limbaugh was born on January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School in 1969, and it was around the same time when he started to work at KGMO -- a local radio station in Cape Girardeau. After attending only the first two semesters, he dropped out of college and quickly took an offer to DJ at WIXZ - a Top 40 station in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. In 1975, Limbaugh began an afternoon radio show at the Top 40 station KUDL in Kansas City, Missouri. He soon became the host of a public affairs talk program that aired on weekends.

Limbaugh started to work with KFBK in Sacramento, California, in 1984, after replacing the famous radio host Morton Downey Jr. Following the success of KFBK, he started a new show at WABC (AM) in New York City.

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (Getty Images)

In 1988, Limbaugh started ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’, which quickly became the highest-rated talk show in the United States. Since the inception, the format of the show remained unchained. The program aired live and consists primarily of Limbaugh’s monologues, based on the daily news, interspersed with some parody commercials, followed by phone calls from his listeners. The show had several notable guests, including President George HW Bush, Charlton Heston, Colin Powell, Jim Caviezel, and Donald Trump, who appeared on the show in 2011 and donated $100,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for which Limbaugh held an annual radiothon.

Rush Limbaugh's wives

In 1977, Limbaugh married Roxy Maxine McNeely at the age of 26. At that time, McNeely used to work as a sales secretary at radio station WHB in Kansas City, Missouri. However, only after three years of marriage, McNeely filed for divorce, citing “incompatibility”. The couple officially ended their marriage in July 1980.

Three years later, Limbaugh married Michelle Sixta, a college student who used to work at the Kansas City Royals Stadium Club. The couple parted their ways in 1990.

Limbaugh married Marta Fitgerald, an aerobics instructor, on May 27, 1994. As per reports, the acclaimed radio show host met her on the online service CompuServe. In 2004, Limbaugh announced on his radio show that he and his wife of ten years have decided to end their marriage. As per his spokesperson, Limbaugh decided it would be better to make an announcement than to have his listeners and friends find out through other mediums.

Radio personality Rush Limbaugh and wife Kathryn (Getty Images)

Limbaugh’s failed marriages did not stop him from giving marital advice. He once said: “If you want a successful marriage, let your husband do what he wants to do”. While adding that “marriage is about raising children. That’s the purpose of the institution.”

Limbaugh married his long-time girlfriend Kathryn Rogers in 2010, who remained by his side when he succumbed to cancer.

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