The iconic conservative firebrand host made the shocking announcement Monday during his radio program. "It's a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today".
Limbaugh said he originally thought about keeping the diagnosis quiet in an effort to not "burden" anyone, but decided it was best to tell listeners before he misses some shows because of treatment. "I can't help but feel that I'm letting everybody down with".
"So I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn't have to tell you", he continued, pausing several times.
Limbaugh, 69, told his radio audience Monday that he was diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease.
"Everybody that knows what you've done - how you've taken a lot of hits over the years, standing up for this country, our Constitution, your belief in God [and] your belief in life, you fighting fights every single solitary day to make this a more ideal union, a better country. we're all praying for you".
"The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer", he said, revealing the diagnosis came after he first felt shortness of breath on January 12. The rest of the world may not when they hear it expressed in a different way, but I know that you do. I thought about trying do this without anybody knowing because I don't like making things about me. You know me; I'm the mayor of Realville.
"This has happened and my intention is to come here every day I can".
"Rush you are in our prayers", Beck tweeted. His idol, Ronald Reagan, wrote a letter that Limbaugh read on the air in December 1992 and which sealed his reputation among conservatives: "You've become the number one voice for conservatism in our country", Reagan wrote.
Limbaugh's national prominence began in 1988 when his national radio show launched.