Where was Rush Limbaugh buried? Radio host laid to rest in private ceremony by close family at St Louis cemetery
Rush Limbaugh, the 70-year-old Right-wing radio host who died on February 17, was laid to rest on February 24. According to a statement from Limbaugh's wife Kathryn that was released on Friday, February 26, he was laid to rest at the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St Louis.
Kathryn said that her husband had been “honorably laid to rest” with close, immediate family in attendance. She had also announced that there will be a virtual celebration of life service held in the future for the public. The late radio host, who was remembered by many in Hollywood, was laid in a flag-draped casket drawn by horses to his grave.
The cemetery lies about 120 miles north of his native town of Cape Girardeau in Missouri. It was reported that the cemetery was closed to the public for several hours on Wednesday while around 40 family members and dignitaries had to pass through security before being allowed on the grounds. Republican Missouri Governor Mike Parson said “Missouri’s native son Rush Limbaugh was laid to rest today,” and added, “Rush’s legacy in our state and across the nation will not be forgotten.”
Limbaugh came out about his diagnosis and struggled with a year-long battle with stage 4 lung cancer, according to reports. As one of the most influential conservative commentators of all time, he is believed to have helped shape modern conservatism and he had also reportedly become spiritual at the end.
In a column by Joel C Rosenberg, a friend and former employee of Limbaugh, it was revealed how he had become a devout Christian. Rosenberg wrote, "For such a public person, Rush was also intensely private. But he began talking about his faith in Christ, and I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt it was real."
Meanwhile, Republican South Carolina Representative Ralph Norman asked for 30 seconds of silence for Limbaugh but was turned down. According to the Independent, Norman said on the floor of the House of Representatives, "My request is to allow a 30-second moment of silence for the passing of Rush Limbaugh, one of the greatest radio hosts ever and make that as a formal request."
He was responded with, "The chair cannot entertain the gentleman’s request.” At the time that Norman made this request, the House was debating the Equality Act that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This was apparently deemed inappropriate considering all the scathing remarks that Limbaugh had reportedly made against the LGBTQIA+ community.
In fact, one of the things that he had done titled 'Aids Update' was brought up recently on 22 February episode of the podcast 'The Daily' by The New York Times.
Reporter Jim Rutenberg said, "He did something for a time, he called it the Aids Update. And that’s when he would read the latest grim news from the Aids epidemic. And he would mock it with like a song, like a Dionne Warwick song, 'I’ll Never Love This Way Again' or Gene Autry’s 'Back in the Saddle Again'. People were dying indiscriminately. This was a horrible moment. And in fact, that’s one of the few things in his entire career that he later apologized for."